In resolution 73/292, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) decided that the second UN Ocean Conference will adopt, by consensus, a “brief, concise, action-oriented and intergovernmentally agreed declaration,” which is expected to focus on science-based and innovative areas of action to support implementation of SDG 14 as well as to adopt a list of voluntary commitments in support of achieving SDG 14. A zero draft of the declaration is expected to be circulated at the beginning of March.
Due to COVID-19, a new format for the first round of informal consultations towards the intergovernmentally agreed declaration was adopted. Delegations are invited to send the statements they would have delivered by email, no later than 19 March. All statements will be published on the Conference website.
date: 18 March 2020
venue: Trusteeship Council, UN Headquarters
location: New York City, US (virtual)