Event date

15 Mar
15 Mar 2017

Event Type

Where: World Maritime University, Fiskehamnsgatan 1, Malmö

When: 15 March 2017, 09.30-13:00


Tentative Program, 15 March, 10.00-13.00

09.30-10.00 Registration and refreshments

10.00-10.15 Welcome and Introduction: Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President, World Maritime University

10.15.10.45 Save Our Ocean -- SDG14 and the Swedish Government: Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister

10.45-11.45 Statements by experts and representatives from industry, academia, local governments and civil society

11.45-13.00 Panel discussion lead by a Moderator with Q&A


Save Our Ocean  

The Ocean Conference and UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 Linking Policy, Industry and Education for Sustainable partnerships

The World Maritime University (WMU), in collaboration with the Swedish Government, is hosting a seminar on the need to mobilize countries and all other actors to achieve the targets under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14 on the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and seas.

Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin, the Swedish co-President of the Ocean Conference, will discuss the issues relating to Goal 14 with representatives of industry, academia, government and civil society.

In 2015, the UN adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with SDG 14 targeting the oceans. Healthy and well-functioning oceans are essential for the elimination of poverty and for securing sustainable food supplies, as well as economic development for billions of people. But the situation is grave. Increasing temperature and acidification, coral bleaching, “dead zones”, less fish, more pollution, and projections are telling us that by 2050 there will be more plastics than fish in the ocean. In addition, coastal areas are flooded due to rising sea levels and extreme storms.

It is clear that the Ocean needs immediate and strong action. The Governments of Fiji and Sweden have taken the initiative of the Oceans Conference, a UN High Level event to support of the implementation of SDG14, to be held 5-9 June in New York.  

UN Member States, NGOs, the private sector, academia, civil society and all other stakeholders are urged to take the opportunity to address the pressing issues in a series of partnership dialogues to concretize the actions needed, to stimulate partnerships, and to come up with voluntary contributions towards reaching the targets under SDG 14. The initiative has received broad support among governments, civil society and the private sector. 

For further information on the Ocean Conference, use the web link: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/oceanconference/

and for information regarding the SDG 14:

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg14

This WMU-Government of Sweden seminar will highlight the work of WMU and of Sweden in relation to the SDG 14, including the initiative for the Ocean Conference. The seminar will discuss the degradation of the ocean environment and, most importantly: how could WMU, the Swedish Government and all other actors in society can come together and Save Our Ocean by reaching a sustainable situation by 2030?

 

Where:           World Maritime University, Fiskehamnsgatan 1, Malmö

When:            15 March 2017, 09.30-13:00

Lunch:           WMU World Bistro


Please register your interest to participate by sending an email to conferences@wmu.se no later than 03 March 2017.

Note that due to space limitations, participation may be limited to one representative per organization. Your participation will be confirmed by separate email no later than 9 March 2017.

Please note: A valid photo id-card/passport is necessary for entry to the World Maritime University building.