The Fifth Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean will take place on 30 November 2022 in a hybrid modality. This edition of the Day for the Ocean will be co-hosted as a tripartite event of ESCAP, UNEP and UNDP, within the framework of a Joint Contribution to the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. With the support of partner organizations, the program will offer a plenary opening, including a keynote speech from a high-level speaker who will discuss the main challenges and opportunities for the protection and sustainable development of the ocean in Asia-Pacific. This will be followed by a selection of thematic interactive dialogues, which will focus on:
- Ocean Governance
- Maritime Connectivity
- Ocean Data and Statistics
- Ocean and climate synergies
This “super year” for the ocean has brought the One Ocean Summit (Brest), Our Ocean Conference (Palau), the Second UN Ocean Conference (Lisbon), the review of SDG14 during the High-level Political Forum and the 9th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development. As we approach the end of the year, the Day for the Ocean will provide an opportunity to reflect on the outcomes of these major developments, and to discuss accelerated action in the Asia-Pacific region to meet the targets of SDG14 by 2030. On this occasion, the outcomes of the discussions held during the Day for the Ocean will feed into a Ministerial Roundtable to take place on 1 December 2022, which will serve as a Regional dialogue on the future of our Ocean in Asia-Pacific. At the end of the Day for the Ocean, a designated rapporteur will summarize the key messages to be reported the following day.