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UN advisory group meets for ocean conference

The first meeting of the Advisory Group for the UN 2017 Oceans Conference was held in New York at the Permanent Mission of Sweden on 14th of April.  The United Nations has mandated the Governments of Fiji and Sweden to co-host the UN Oceans Conference, which will be held in Fiji, 5-9 June 2017. The […]

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April 16, 2016 12:47 pm

The first meeting of the Advisory Group for the UN 2017 Oceans Conference was held in New York at the Permanent Mission of Sweden on 14th of April. 

Director General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) Jose Graziano da Silva met with Fiji's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Peter Thomson to discuss the Oceans Conference. (@FAONewYork)
Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) Jose Graziano da Silva met with Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Peter Thomson to discuss the Oceans Conference. (@FAONewYork)

The United Nations has mandated the Governments of Fiji and Sweden to co-host the UN Oceans Conference, which will be held in Fiji, 5-9 June 2017.

The Permanent Representatives of Fiji and Sweden to the UN, Ambassador Peter Thomson, and Ambassador Olof Skoog, co-chaired the Advisory Group. Representatives from relevant UN agencies and organisations joined the meeting, including FAO, UNEP, IMO and UNESCO-IOC. The meeting was also attended by relevant departments of the United Nations Secretariat.

Representatives from relevant UN agencies and organisations joined the meeting, including FAO, UNEP, IMO and UNESCO-IOC. The meeting was also attended by relevant departments of the United Nations Secretariat.

In his welcoming remarks to the Advisory Group, Ambassador Thomson told the group it would play a central role in preparations for the UN Oceans Conference in Fiji next year.

He said the core goal of the Conference was to ensure the integrity of delivery of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG14), pertaining to the conservation and sustainable use of Ocean resources.

Ambassador Thomson emphasized that a successful UN-Oceans Conference was vital to reversing the current cycle of decline in which the Ocean is caught.

The Advisory Group discussed SDG14’s targets relating to marine pollution of all kinds, protecting marine and coastal ecosystems, addressing ocean acidification, effective management of fish stocks, conserving coastal and marine areas, removing fisheries subsidies and ensuring the full implementation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Discussions also covered targets pertaining to economic benefits for Small Island Developing States, such as Fiji and its Pacific Island neighbours, from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture, and tourism.

With the universal adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015, the international community committed to implementation for all seventeen goals.

The Fiji Conference is aimed at supporting ongoing initiatives and building new ones to ensure the successful implementation of SDG14.

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