Briefing on the 2020 United Nations Ocean Conference: The trade, technology and development perspective [POSTPONED, new dates TBC]

06 April 2020
09:00 - 06:00 hrs., Palais des Nations (room tba)
, Switzerland

POSTPONED !! to a later date (due to Covid-19 considerations)


The 2020 Ocean Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, comes at a critical time as the world is strengthening its efforts to mobilize, create and drive solutions to realize all 17 Sustainable Development Goals. More specifically, the objective of the conference is to identify ways and means to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 by building on existing successful partnerships and stimulating the emergence of new, innovative and concrete partnerships. This year the conference will be hold in Lisbon, Portugal, 2–6 June 2020.
According to United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/73/292 of 14 May 2019, the main theme of the conference will be: “Scaling up ocean action based on science and innovation for the implementation of Goal 14: stocktaking, partnerships and solutions”.

The role of science and technology is key to addressing significant oceans challenges and opportunities related to, but not limited to, reducing marine pollution, conserving of marine and coastal biodiversity and coastal and marine areas, minimizing ocean acidification, mitigating impacts of climate change, enhancing sustainable management of fisheries and ending harmful fisheries subsidies, conserving costal and marine areas, and expanding blue economic benefits to SIDS and LDCs. Trade and investment can be a significant vehicle in enabling the use of science-based management systems for conservation and sustainable use and to transfer technologies and best practices embodied in goods and linked to services.

The United Nations Secretary General has prepared a background note for the Prep Com process proposing the themes of the partnership dialogues. UNCTAD, FAO and UNEP have also prepared a recent study on the status of implementation on SDG 14 with a focus on fisheries, seafood value chains, trade and climate that can serve as a solid baseline for discussion on trade-related aspects of SDG 14 in to road to the conference.

Objective of the briefing

The objective of this briefing is to raise awareness within the trade and development community in Geneva about the 2020 United Nations Ocean Conference and the preparatory process. It will provide Member States with an opportunity to discuss with the co-conveners and the United Nations Secretariat on next steps toward the conference, key trade related topics, the role of technology and innovation, and relevant processes currently being dealt with in the Geneva>

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