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13 May 2019 - Co-hosted by Kenya and Portugal, the high-level conference will focus on solutions to achieve SDG 14.

The General Assembly have decided to convene the meeting in Lisbon from 2 to 6 June 2020 that will focus on the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Acting without a vote, the Assembly adopted the draft resolution titled “2020 United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14:  Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development” (document A/73/L.82).

Through the text, it decided that the overarching theme of the Conference – which follows up on the Ocean Conference held at Headquarters on 5 to 9 June 2017 - shall be “Scaling up ocean action based on science and innovation for the implementation of Goal 14:  stocktaking, partnerships and solutions” and encouraged participation at the highest level.

It also decided that the Conference shall adopt, by consensus, a “brief, concise, action-oriented and intergovernmentally agreed declaration” that will focus on, and highlight, science-based and innovative areas of action to support the implementation of Goal 14.  It is also to adopt a list of voluntary commitments for the implementation of Goal 14 registered after 9 June 2017 and announced at the Conference.

Through the resolution, the Assembly welcomed the offer by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal to co-host and assume the costs of the Conference and requested its President to organize a two-day preparatory meeting in February 2020.

CONTINUE READING ONLINE HERE: https://www.un.org/press/en/2019/ga12143.doc.htm

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