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BBNJ negotiations

As delivered Remarks by Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly at BBNJ negotiations 21 July 2017   Thank you Ambassador, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,   I thank you for the opportunity to address you.   I wanted to be here to acknowledge the great efforts of the Chair of the Preparatory Committee, H.E. […]


Visit of the President of the General Assembly to Rome

Visit of the President of the General Assembly to Rome    New York, 4 July 2017 – The President of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, visited Rome today. President Thomson addressed the opening session of the international conference “Oceans, caring for a common heritage” at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross […]


Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

As delivered Intervention by Peter Thomson, the President of the UN General Assembly, at the 18th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea 15 May 2017   Your Excellencies, the Co-Chairs. All courtesies observed. I’m very happy to be here today to address the eighteenth meeting […]


MEDIA ADVISORY: Preparations for The Ocean Conference

MEDIA ADVISORY 13 February 2017 Preparations for The Ocean Conference get underway in New York, 15-16 February 2017 UNITED NATIONS, New York, 13 February 2017 – With concern mounting that the state of the world’s ocean is rapidly deteriorating, United Nations Member States and civil society groups will gather for a two-day preparatory meeting this […]

Thematic Breakout Session “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”


  • To inform about the most essential priority challenges in need of action to ensure protection and sustainable use of oceans, seas and related ecosystems, such as those reflected in SDG 14: marine pollution, ecosystems, climate change and ocean acidification, fisheries, marine protected areas and sustainable livelihoods related to ocean activities;
  • To give an overview of ongoing youth consultations on SDG 14 and discuss related key messages;
  • To discuss and identify potential roles of youth in the international efforts in these subjects and discuss the way youth can contribute to these efforts;
  • Serve as an input to the ongoing Oceans/SDG14 Conference Process, as well as the considerations of SDG 14 under the 2017 HLPF;
  • A special focus will be to raise awareness of the marine litter issue and seek input from participants on the Global Campaign on Marine Litter.

Ocean briefing

Briefing on The Ocean Conference

As delivered Statement by H.E. Mr Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly, at  Briefing on The Ocean Conference 13 December 2016   Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen   Thank you for attending today’s briefing on preparations for The Ocean Conference. The Conference will be held at UN Headquarters from 5 to 9 […]

PGA Briefing on Oceans

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The President of the UN General Assembly will brief the Member States on the Oceans conference in June 2017.