Contributing to the UN Ocean Conference on Scaling Up Ocean Action based on Science and Innovation

We are looking forward to sharing our latest research findings at the UN Ocean Conference (27 June-1 July 2022, Lisbon Portugal) on the theme of ‘Scaling up Ocean Action Based on Science and Innovation for the Implementation of Goal 14: Stocktaking, Partnerships and Solutions’. In particular, the One Ocean Hub will engage with partners on the following key messages:

•        Inclusive ocean knowledge co-production supports the development of fair and sustainable blue economies.

•        The Sustainable Development Goals can only be achieved if human rights are mainstreamed in ocean science and policy.

•        The latest understanding of deep-sea ecosystems, and their benefits to humanity, must be considered in decisions that can impact the ocean. 

•        The arts provide a space for transformative dialogue about blue economies that respond to the human rights of indigenous peoples and small-scale fishers, including women and children.

 Official programme

The Hub Director, Professor Elisa Morgera, has been invited to:

  • act as lead discussant at the Interactive dialogue 4 “Making fisheries sustainable and providing access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets” (Wed 29 June, 15:00-18:00 Lisbon time) in the Tejo Hall of the Conference venue. For further information, see here;
  • participate in an informal dialogue with the President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Abdulla Shahid, on “Ensuring greater representation of women in science and bridging Indigenous female knowledge” on Sunday 26 June (16:30- 17:30) at the National Geographic Pristine Seas Lounge, Portuguese Pavilion (the public section of the Ocean Conference).

Hub-led event

The Hub-led in-person side-event titled ‘The future and ocean WE (ALL) want: Inclusion and integration for strong, sustainable and equitable blue economies’ will be held on 28th June, 13:00-15:00 Lisbon time at Alfama room, Tivoli Oriente Hotel (across the street from the Conference Blue Zone). The event is co-organised with the Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner, the Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Center, the World Wide Fund for Nature, Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Danish Institute for Human Rights and UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). 

The roundtable will start with screening of the five-minute film Ocean and Women that gives voice to Ghanaian women fishers and their engagement with the blue economy, discussing the opportunities and challenges they face. The ensuing discussion will aim to distil relevant lessons learnt for innovative approaches to inclusivity, human rights protection and non-discrimination in transformative ocean knowledge co-production and sustainable ocean-based economies. For registration and details of the event, see here.

Partners’ events

The Hub has also partnered with other organizations in the following events:

  1. Scaling up Ocean Action with Empowerment of SIDS Youth, Awareness Raising and Citizenship Engagement (led by Peace Boat), 27th June, 10.00-11.15 Lisbon time. Side event room 1 (Altice Arena). For more information see here.
  2. Small in scale, big in value: Stocktaking, partnerships and solutions in support of small-scale fisheries (led by FAO), 27th June at 11.30-12.45 Lisbon time. Side event room 1 (Altice Arena). For more information see here.
  3. Sunset Reception Onboard: High-Level Event for Ocean and Climate Action (in partnership with Peace Boat and Blue Planet Alliance), 27th Juneat 18:00-23:00 Lisbon time, Venue: WaterX – Powering Nautical Events, Doca Alcântara. For more information see here.
  4. From Ocean Knowledge to Action: Developing Capacity to Create a Sustainable Ocean Economy: by UNITAR in collaboration with UNCTAD and IOI), 30th June, Blue Zone, 11.30 to 12.45 Lisbon time, Room 1 (Altice Arena). For more information see here.
  5. Creating a Blue Society: Innovative solutions for sustainable ocean and coastal management action (led by Global Ocean Forum). Blue Zone, 30th June, 10:00-11:15 Lisbon time, Side event room 2 (Altice Arena). For more information see here.
  6. Leveraging Human Rights and Gender Equity to Achieve SDG 14 (led by the Danish Institute for Human Rights, also with FAO), 1st July at 14:30-15:54 Lisbon time. Event room 1, Altice Arena, Lisbon, Portugal. For more information see here.

7. Rights-Based Approaches to Marine Conservation, Shedding Light on Oceans led by the Global Youth Biodiversity Network, with UN Environment Programme and Youth for Oceans) 1st July 2021, 1:00-2:30pm Lisbon time (virtually). For more information, see here; you can still register here.

We are also participating in:

  • the networking event organized by Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI) and the Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI) “Deep-Sea Breather” 15:00-17:00 Lisbon time, 29th June.
  • the Ocean Decade Forum organised by the IOC UNESCO on Thursday 30th June 2022 (14.30 – 17.00 Lisbon time) in the Green Zone of the UN Ocean Conference, at the Ciencia Viva Auditorium, the Ocean Decade Forum will also showcase endorsed  Decade actions. Registration link here.

Film Session

On 28th  June, 19.00-21.00 Lisbon time we will share ‘Ocean and Women’ developed by the One Ocean Hub at the Pavilhão do Conhecimento – Ciência Viva nº1 Largo José Mariano Gago, 1990-073 Lisbon Portugal (in partnership with United by the Sea and Peace Boat). Registration link here.