High-Level Debate on Oceans

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    10:00 pm > 01:00 pm
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A high-level virtual event exploring actions needed to boost the resilience and sustainability of the world’s oceans in line with Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water.

Date: Tuesday, 1 June 2021 – Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Time: 10:00 PM – 06:00 AM (UTC+8)

Click here to watch the event recording

In this high-level thematic debate convened by the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Volkan Bozkır, with support from the Governments of Portugal and Kenya (co-hosts of the 2nd United Nations Ocean Conference), as well as the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Oceans, H.E. Peter Thomson, four multi-stakeholder panels addressed progress on relevant targets of SDG14 and the 2030 Agenda more broadly.

The panels featured UN Member States and representatives from donor, programs and agencies of the UN Systems across the ocean space to discuss synergies, interlinkages and policy frameworks across the 2030 Agenda as well as the important barriers and enabling factors to support transformative ocean and coastal policy and management to tackle climate change, nature loss and pollution.

On Wednesday, 2 June 2021 at 03:00 AM (UTC+8), WorldFish’s Global Lead in Nutrition and Public Health, Shakuntala Thilsted, who is the Vice Chair of the UN Food Systems Summit’s Action Track 4 on ‘Advancing Equitable Livelihoods’ and recent 2021 World Food Prize Laureate, joined the fourth panel to present key insights on impactful initiatives in fisheries and aquaculture sectors led by WorldFish and partners to deliver on the vision for a healthy ocean, for people and for planet.

To learn more about the goals of the event, explore the panel report, visit the UN General Assembly page and read the letter by the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Volkan Bozkır.