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The Ocean Conference

Our Oceans, Our Future: Partnering for the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14

5-9 June 2017 | UN Headquarters, New York

Highlights for Tuesday, 6 June 2017

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On Tuesday, plenary continued the general debate. Member States outlined commitments on increasing marine protected area coverage, reducing or banning plastic bags and microplastics, enhancing integrated coastal management, and improving pollution control, among others.

In the morning, a partnership dialogue addressed managing, protecting, conserving and restoring marine and coastal ecosystems. Participants highlighted the important role of marine and coastal ecosystems and marine protected areas in terms of the entire sustainable development agenda, further noting the need for community empowerment, stakeholder involvement, science-based and coherent policies, and partnerships.

In the afternoon, a partnership dialogue addressed minimizing and addressing ocean acidification, stressing the importance of the Paris Agreement on climate change to mitigate ocean acidification, sharing local adaptation strategies, and underscoring the role of marine protected areas for ecosystem restoration and resilience.

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Plenary Session

HSH Prince Albert II, Monaco

Vice President Vincent Meriton, Seychelles

Maggie Barry, Minister of Environment, New Zealand

Tetabo Nakara, Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources Development, Kiribati

Maxine Pamela Ometa McClean, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Barbados

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Samoa

Didier Reynders, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Belgium

Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Indonesia

Luis Felipe Arauz Cavallini, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Costa Rica

Thorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, Minister for Fisheries and Agriculture, Iceland

Agostinho Mondlane, Minister of the Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries, Mozambique

Partnership dialogue 2: Managing, protecting, conserving and restoring marine and coastal ecosystems

View of the dais during the partnership dialogue

Lin Shanqing, State Oceanic Administration, China

Cyrie Sendashonga, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Jake Rice, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)

Co-Chair Tommy Esang Remengesau, President of Palau

Cristiana Pașca Palmer, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Jessica Battle, WWF

Co-Chair Silvia Velo, Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea, Italy

Manbo Dòwòti Désir, The Drammeh Institute

Martha Rojas-Urrego, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) - UNESCO

Partnership dialogue 3: Minimizing and addressing ocean acidification

HSH Co-Chair Prince Albert II, Monaco

Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Co-Chair Agostinho Mondlane, Minister of the Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries, Mozambique

HHS Prince Albert II, Monaco and Cardinal Turkson, Holy See

Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, WMO, with Cardinal Turkson, Holy See

Cardinal Turkson, Holy See

Rahanna Juman, Institute of Marine Affairs, Trinidad and Tobago

Jonathan Taylor, Vice-President, European Investment Bank

David Osborn, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Carol Turley, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK

Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga, Tuvalu

Björt Ólafsdóttir, Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources, Iceland

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