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The Ocean Conference – an update on the updates

Firstly, the more exciting stuff – on Sunday 4th June, the day before the Ocean Conference officially begins, the first World Ocean Festival will take place in New York City! Activists and enthusiasts will take to NYC’s streets and waterways to raise their voices to reverse the declining health of our oceans. This will include a grand “Ocean march”, with a parade of sailing vessels on the Hudson, and events at the Ocean Village that celebrate art and innovation, including exhibits on the Ocean and climate action. Click here to find out more.

And now onto the updates. Following a round of consultations, a 2nd draft of the SDG14 Call for Action has been released. While stronger than the last version, as is often the case with consensus-driven processes, it could still do with a little more oomph. The next round of consultations is held on the 24th, 25th and 27th April 2017 in New York.

Online pre-registration for NGOs to attend the Ocean Conference is open until 8th May 2017 – here’s more info on who is eligible for pre-registration. All stakeholders are encouraged to register voluntary commitments geared towards driving implementation of SDG14, including ones that were made on previous occasions. If you want to speak at plenary sessions, show your interest here until 26th May 2017. And here’s some detailed information on the dialogue sessions, which will make up a core part of the conference.

And, finally, the World Bank just released its 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals, which includes more than 150 maps to help track efforts in achieving the 17 SDGs. Meanwhile, the UNGA hosted a high-level event on financing SDGs, which highlighted the need for an estimated US$ 6 trillion per year to effectively implement the goals. While this might sound high, the cost of inaction is far higher and the rate of return is also impressive – a US$ 12 trillion opportunity in just the food and agriculture, cities, energy, and resources sectors.

World Oceans Day

On the 8th June, during the week of the Ocean Conference, will be World Oceans Day. This year the theme is “Our Oceans, Our Future”, and the conservation focus is “Encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future”. Most of us won't be in New York at the Ocean Conference – with any luck some of you will be near the Ocean instead. What will you do to celebrate World Ocean Day? Check out the website to download resources, follow blogs, register your event or find out what is happening near you, and be part of an ever-growing, global, Ocean movement.

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