UN Ocean Conference 2022

“Scaling up Ocean Action Based on Science and Innovation for the Implementation of Goal 14: Stocktaking, Partnerships and Solutions”

June 2, 2022
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Event Details

27 June - 01 July 2022

Lisbon, Portugal and online

The second UN Ocean Conference comes at a critical time as the world is seeking to address many of the deep-rooted problems exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which will require major structural transformations and common shared solutions that are anchored in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • To mobilize action, the conference seeks much needed science-based innovative solutions.
  • Solutions for a sustainably managed ocean involve green technology and innovative uses of marine resources using integrated, ecosystem-based approaches. They include addressing the main threats to the health, ecology and economy of the ocean – climate change,  pollution, unsustainable fishing, invasive species and the loss of marine habitats and biodiversity.  Each of these threats is ultimately rooted in weak ocean governance at various geographic scales.
  • Exploring interlinkages between SDG 13 on climate and SDG 14 on the ocean  in advancing the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement.


UNDP’s engagement at the UN Ocean Conference 

Register here: https://oceaninnovationchallenge.org/reg-unoc2022-undp  
For any other registration inquiries please reach out to oic.info@undp.org 


Time indicated is local Lisbon time

High-level side event

About the event



27 June 


Time: 2:30-3:45 p.m. UTC+1 



Virtual Event: Plastics and Circular Economy—Community to Cabinet in Action  

This virtual side event session will present UNDP’s Plastics Offer and highlight its integrated plastics management approach and showcase good practices from community to Cabinet actions.  

UNDP, GEF, bilateral donor representatives, COs, and SGP  



28 June


Time: 9:00-10:15 a.m. UTC+1

Thematic Debt—Accelerating the Blue Economy  UNDP Finance Sector Hub and key financing agents, with a minister from the SIDS (tbc) hosted in the Reef Action Hub. The event will explore explore key aspects of investing in the Blue Economy in SIDS through innovative debt instruments.  UNDP, Deutsche Bank, European Investment Bank, SIDS Minister (TBC) Tenke.andrea.zoltani@undp.org

28 June

Time: 1:00 p.m. UTC+1

UN Ocean Conference Press Briefing room

Altice Arena,


Launch of UNDP’s Ocean Promise at the UN Daily Noon Briefing

Live webcast: https://media.un.org/en/webtv

Panelists: Haoliang Xu, UN ASG, Director of UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support and Andrew Hudson, Head, UNDP’s Water and Ocean Governance Programme  UNDP Sangita.Khadka@undp.org

28 June

Time: 2:00 p.m. UTC+1  

SDG Media Zone, Altice Arena 

Meet UNDP Ocean Innovators at the SDG Media Zone

Platform:  https://www.un.org/en/sdgmediazone 

Watch on WebTV: https://media.un.org/en/webtv

Panelists:  Ocean innovators Tamara Mekler of Fortuna Cools, Inc./Fortuna Coconut Coolers, and Eduardo Leiton  of Fundacion  OneSea, and Haoliang Xu, UN ASG and Director of UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support

UNDP Sangita.Khadka@undp.org

28 June

Time: 2:30-3:45 p.m. UTC+1

Altice Arena,


Global partnerships: Strengthening SDG 14 efforts in the shipping and fisheries sectors through a science-based, multi-tiered approach  

The event will focus on demonstrating how international organizations can successfully partner with national governments, private sector, and academia to jointly implement actions addressing shipping-related threats to the marine environment and as such directly link to SDG 14.


IMO (lead), UNDP, BIMCO, FAO, NORAD, Costa Rica 






29 June


Time: 11:30 UTC+1

SDG Media Zone, Altice Arena 

Panel Discussion on UNDP’s Ocean Promise at the SDG Media Zone

Platform:         https://www.un.org/en/sdgmediazone

Watch on WebTV: https://media.un.org/en/webtv

Panelists: UNDP Associate Administrator Usha Rao-Monari and Andrew Hudson, Head, UNDP’s Water and Ocean Governance Programme 


UNDP Sangita.Khadka@undp.org

29 June


Time: 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. UTC+1

Altice Arena, Lisbon

Large Marine Ecosystems Approach:  

The Essential Management and Partnership Tool Helping Countries Achieve SDG14 Targets 


Highlight the role and success of the Large Marine Ecosystems approach in achieving integrated, ecosystem-based ocean management.  

Benguela Current Commission (lead), UNDP, IW: LEARN, GEF, IOC/UNESCO, FAO, UNEP, FFA. 





29 June


Time: 3:45-5:15 p.m. UTC+1 

Altice Arena, Lisbon


Livestream available

International and Caribbean Efforts to Address Organized Crime in the Fishing Industry The side event will highlight international and regional measures to address fisheries crime towards reducing food security threats via the use of innovative digital tools and inter-agency capacity support. Norway, in cooperation with CARICOM, Jamaica, Belize, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and UNDP Simon.Raunholm@undp.org

29 June


Time: 4:00-5:15 p.m.  UTC+1

Committee Room, Altice Arena, Lisbon


Livestream available

Plastics and marine pollution: innovations for SDG 14.1

With livestream and translations in French, Spanish and Korean.


Register here to get the full details on the event and the link for virtual participation: https://bit.ly/unoc2022-undpSE

This high-level event led by UNDP, in partnership with MOF ROK and UNOSD, will highlight actions and progress made by the Republic of Korea and the UNDP Ocean Innovation Challenge in catalyzing technology, policy and other innovations to reduce marine pollution.

UNDP, Republic of Korea Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, UNOSD







29 June   


Time: 8:00 p.m. UTC+1



Pavilion of Knowledge - Ciência Viva Science Centre, Lisbon


No registration required. Free entry

“Urban Rivers” or “Rios Urbanos”,  

a 27-minute documentary premiere in Lisbon. The documentary 

reveals the rich biodiversity and the levels of pollution in the estuaries of two important rivers in Portugal, Tejo and Sado, while exploring the daily life of people and their livelihood and experience. 

“Rios Urbanos” will be presented by Ricardo Gomes, Brazilian marine biologist who directed and produced the documentary. Ciencia Viva (Government of Portugal), and UNDP, have supported the making of the documentary. The launch of 'Urban Rivers' will be followed by a debate on the delicate interactions between the urban environment, the rivers, and the sea.

No previous registration required.

UNDP, Ciencia Viva (Government of Portugal), Ocean Pact, Mar Urbano 



30 June


Time: 1:00-1:45 p.m. UTC+1


Venue: Reef Action Hub, Lisbon

Innovating Marine Biodiversity Credits, Lisbon To be hosted in the Reef Action Hub. This session will present the state-of-the-art for marine biodiversity credits with a focus on coral reefs and will include key announcements designed to rapidly advance this innovative finance mechanism for coral conservation.  Conservation Finance Alliance (Lead), with UNDP & GFCR, Blue Nature Alliance, Great Barrier Reef Foundation  Penny.Stock@undp.org

30 June


Time: 2:00-3:15 p.m. UTC+1


Venue: Reef Action Hub, Lisbon

Coral Reef-positive Business Models: A Blended Finance Pipeline for the Global Fund for Coral Reefs 

A technical workshop to be hosted in the Reef Action Hub. It will provide an overview of what makes a business coral reef positive followed by a panel of innovators working with the Global Fund for Coral Reefs to develop and finance coral reef positive enterprises at a range of scales. 

Conservation Finance Alliance and Global Fund for Coral Reefs 






30 June  


Time: 2:30-3:45 p.m. UTC+1

Altice Arena, Lisbon

Starting at the Source to Save the Sea: Coordinated Action to Achieve SDG 14 

This event will explore concrete actions for harmonizing social, economic and environmental priorities within the system as a whole.  


These will engage all levels of government and decision-makers in pulling together to drive meaningful change and uniting policy and action for coordinated management to restore and maintain ocean health. 

SIWI (lead), UNDP, UNESCO IHP, Ramsar, SwAM, FAO, Netherlands, Sweden, IUCN, SIWI, Tajikistan.  Mary.Matthews@undp.org