In accordance with paragraphs 26-28 of General Assembly resolution 73/292 of 9 May 2019, entitled “2020 United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”, the following participants may attend or be represented at the preparatory meeting and the Conference: all States Members of the United Nations, members of the specialized agencies and parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); intergovernmental organizations, international financial institutions and other international bodies; associate members of the regional commissions; organizations and bodies of the United Nations; and non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions, the scientific community, the private sector and philanthropic organizations.
In accordance with the established practice, the media may also register to cover the Conference.
Representatives of associate members of regional commissions (American Samoa, Anguilla, Aruba, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Curaçao, French Polynesia, Guam, Montserrat, New Caledonia, Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten, Turks and Caicos Islands, and United States Virgin Islands) are required to follow the same accreditation procedure highlighted in para (B) for IGOs not enrolled in the “eRegistration” system, for issuance of a Conference pass.
Deadlines for registration:
Conference: Pre-registration in New York: To be announced later.
On-site registration in Lisbon: To be announced later.
Specialized agencies and related organizations: The registration of the representatives of the Specialized agencies and related organizations of the UN system for both the preparatory meeting and the Conference (ILO, FAO, UNESCO, ICAO, WHO, World Bank, IMF, UPU, ITU, WMO, IMO, WIPO, IFAD, UNIDO, UNWTO, IAEA, WTO, CTBTO Preparatory Commission, ICC, OPCW, ISA, ITLOS and IOM) follows the same procedures as for States and IGOs.
Deadlines for registration:
Conference pre-registration in New York: To be announced later
On-site registration in Lisbon: To be announced later
United Nations funds, programmes, regional commissions and other entities
Deadlines for registration:
Conference registration: To be announced later
Relevant stakeholders, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions, the scientific community, the private sector and philanthropic organizations, whose work is relevant to the UN Ocean Conference, accredited in accordance with the provisions set forth in Annex II of A/RES/73/292 can request registration to participate as observers in the Conference.
In light of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and growing public health concerns, the United Nations Ocean Conference, which was scheduled to take place from 2 to 6 June in Lisbon, Portugal, has been postponed per decision 74/548 adopted by the General Assembly on Monday, 13 April 2020. The United Nations General Assembly will make a decision on the new dates for the Conference, including its preparatory process.
As a result, pre-registration of representatives from accredited non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions, the scientific community, the private sector and philanthropic organizations to the 2020 UN Ocean Conference is currently suspended.
Updated information will be posted on this website once available.
Who can attend the UN Ocean Conference?
Only eligible organizations can register representatives to attend the UN Ocean Conference.
Please note that a participant has to be at least 18 years old to attend the UN Ocean Conference.
Organizations that fall under the following categories will be able to request for pre-registration to attend the UN Ocean Conference:
- Non-governmental organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC (Special, General or Roster consultative status) You can check if your organization has consultative status by going here.
- Organizations that have received special accreditation by the General Assembly to participate in the UN Ocean Conference:
- Organizations that received special accreditation by the General Assembly to attend any of the following past Conferences (please click on the links for details):
- The World Summit on Sustainable Development;
- The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development;
- The 2017 high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development;
- The intergovernmental conference on an internationally legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction;
- Previous United Nations conferences on sustainable development of small island developing States, held in Barbados, Mauritius and Samoa.
Only organizations that fall within the above categories will be able to register participants.
ECOSOC accredited organizations whose statuses have been suspended by the UN NGO Committee will not be allowed to request registration to the UN Ocean Conference, irrespective of previous accreditation to past UN Conferences.
Private Sector Organizations and Philanthropic Institutions, Please email firstname.lastname@example.org in case of specific queries.
Registration to the Conference:
Media accreditation is strictly reserved for members of the press: print, photo, radio, television, film, news agencies, and online media who represent a bona fide media organization.
Representative of the media can apply for early accreditation online by following the instructions at https://www.un.org/en/media/accreditation/accreditation.shtml (deadline dates to be announced later)
To apply on-site in Lisbon, media applicants must present a letter of assignment from their organization and a government issued identification (deadline dates to be announced later). Early registration is highly advised to avoid delays, if additional documentation required.
Missions and organizations enrolled in the “eRegistration” system may submit requests for media, including journalists in the delegation and official photo and video at http://delegate.un.int (please select Media from the Capacity pull down menu).
Questions on media accreditation should be referred to the Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit: email@example.com or 212-963-6934.