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The General Assembly in its resolution 73/292 decided to convene the 2020 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. The overarching theme of the Conference is "Scaling up ocean action based on science and innovation for the implementation of Goal 14: stocktaking, partnerships and solutions".
The Governments of Kenya and Portugal will co-host the Conference to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, from 2 – 6 June 2020.
A preparatory meeting is scheduled to be held on 4-5 February 2020 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The 2020 UN Ocean Conference is expected to build on existing successful partnerships and stimulate innovative and concrete new partnerships to advance the implementation of Goal 14 and support further action to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development, giving due consideration to the call made in the declaration entitled “Our ocean, our future: call for action”. Additionally, the Conference will identify further ways and means to support the implementation of Goal 14.
The 2020 UN Ocean Conference will involve all relevant stakeholders, bringing together Governments, the United Nations system, intergovernmental organizations, international financial institutions, other interested international bodies, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions, the scientific community, the private sector, philanthropic organizations and other actors to assess challenges and opportunities relating to, as well as actions taken towards, the implementation of Goal 14.
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