Jeju Island, Republic of Korea
- All participants were asked to read the Information Note here. (updated on 16 March 2017)
- The Preparatory Meeting for Ocean Conference on SDG 14 was held at the Kensington Jeju Hotel, Jeju Island Republic of Korea.
For you to get special room rates of bed and breakfast, please fill in the hotel reservation form (updated version) here and send directly to the hotel.
The Preparatory Meeting for Ocean Conference on SDG 14 was co-organized by United Nations Office for Sustainable Development and the Division for Sustainable Development of UN DESA in Jeju, Republic of Korea from 29-31 March 2017.
At the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (September 2014; Apia, Samoa), Member States formally adopted the outcome document, entitled the Small Island Developing States Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA Pathway), which contains a large section on oceans and seas. In September 2015, Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which contains SDG 14 to "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development".
From 5 to 9 June 2017, a high-level 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 was convened at United Nations Headquarters in New York (the Ocean Conference). The Conference did by consensus adopt a concise, focused, intergovernmentally agreed declaration in the form of a "Call for Action" to support the implementation of Goal 14, a report containing the co-chairs' summaries of the partnership dialogues, and a list of voluntary commitments for the implementation of Goal 14, announced at the Conference. See further details of Ocean Conference here.
Small island developing States (SIDS) have a strong stake in the success of the Conference, as their societies, culture and economies are inherently linked with oceans. Their resilience, survival and prosperity is connected to oceans. Healthy, productive and resilient oceans and coasts are critical for poverty eradication, access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food, livelihoods, economic development and essential ecosystem services, including carbon sequestration, and represent an important element of identity and culture for the people of SIDS.
The objectives of the meeting were:
- to build capacity of SIDS government officials engaged in the work on oceans to identify opportunities for SIDS in implementing the SDG 14 on oceans through the Ocean Conference;
- to strengthen capacity of SIDS government officials to identify main messages for the global level of the needs for SIDS in the context of the SDG 14;
- to provide a forum for SIDS to discuss the content of the draft Call for Action document;
- to provide a space for SIDS to exchange views and to better understand each other's priorities and expectations for possible inclusion in the draft Call for Action document;
- to provide an opportunity for SIDS to discuss the need for voluntary commitments from all stakeholders in driving the implementation of SDG14 and its associated targets;
- to strengthen capacity of SIDS government officials how to implement in a coherent manner SIDS priorities, including at regional and national levels, as reflected in the SAMOA Pathway in the context of the SDG 14; and
- to enhance negotiating capacity of SIDS to manage to reflect in the draft Call for Action document their priorities.