SDG 14 Ocean Conference

The United Nations Conference "Our oceans, our future: partnering for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14", will be held on 5-9 June 2017 in New York (2017 SDG 14 Conference), co-chaired and co-funded by Sweden and Fiji.

The global "Our Ocean" 2017 Conference will be hosted by EU on 5-6 October 2017 in Malta. The Conference will build on the issues of the ocean and climate change, marine pollution and sustainable fishing.

HELCOM contributes to several side events during the conference. Read more to join the discussions in the events!

HELCOM partners are also involved in voluntary commitments.

Preparatory process in HELCOM

The HELCOM High-level segment, held on 28 February 2017 on the occasion of the 38th Meeting of the Helsinki Commission, adopted "HELCOM's Implementation Outlook of the Ocean-related SDGs in the Baltic Sea - A Roadmap to Agenda 2030".

The High-level segment highlighted that HELCOM targets are well aligned with SDGs and that HELCOM can significantly contribute to the implementation of marine related SDGs in the Baltic Sea, also in a cross-cutting manner. HELCOM should take a coordinating role for these SDGs and make its active role visible.[1]

A new report "Measuring progress for the same targets in the Baltic Sea" identifies how HELCOM work supports the implementation of SDGs.

The next possible occasion to follow up on SGDs and commitments is the HELCOM Ministerial Meeting to be held under the EU Chairmanship in 2018. The Ministerial Meeting could decide on a renewal process of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan.

Showcasing added value of regional cooperation at SDG 14 Conference

HELCOM Heads of Delegation (HOD 51-2016) agreed on the importance of showcasing at the SDG 14 Conference the added value of regional cooperation in Regional Sea Conventions, including the Baltic Sea being an exemplary region for policy making based on best available science, for stakeholder involvement, and for establishing partnerships for integrated management of human activities. This is supported by the recently released EU communication "International ocean governance: an agenda for the future of our oceans".

[1] Paragraphs 2.1-2.7 in the HELCOM 38-2017 Outcome

[2] Ecological coherence assessment of the Marine Protected Area network in the Baltic Sea, 2016, BSEP No. 148,

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