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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 Wednesday, 7 June 2017

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On Wednesday, plenary continued the general debate. Member States drew attention to institutional developments for implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; highlighted commitments to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and to increase coverage of marine protected areas (MPAs) in their territorial waters; and stressed the importance to fully implement the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development and proceed with subsidies’ reform.

In the morning, a partnership dialogue addressed making fisheries sustainable. Participants discussed the role of MPAs in sustainable fisheries and criteria for other area-based conservation measures; challenges related to IUU fishing and fisheries subsidies; and cooperation and partnerships to build sustainable fisheries.

In the afternoon, a partnership dialogue focused on increasing economic benefits to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and providing access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets. Participants addressed the role of small-scale fishing in the economies of SIDS and LDCs and in communities’ livelihoods; prerequisites for improving market access, including in relation to infrastructure development, access to technology and organization through cooperatives; and diversification of local ocean economies beyond fisheries.

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Plenary Session

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Cardinal Peter Turkson, Holy See

Semi Koroilavesau, Minister for Fisheries, Fiji

José Fidel Santana Nuñez, Vice-Minister of Science, Technology and Environment of Cuba

Diego Ignacio Moreno, Secretary of Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Argentina

Mohamed Gibril Sesay, Minister of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Sierra Leone

Raphael Trotman, Minister of Natural Resources, Guyana

Alberto López-Asenjo, Secretary-General of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment, Spain

Partnership Dialogue 4 - Making fisheries sustainable

Susi Pudjiastuti, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesia

Tony Long, PEW Charitable Trust

Thorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, Minister for Fisheries and Agriculture, Iceland

Sven-Erik Bucht, Minister for Rural Affairs, Sweden

Co-Chair Oumar Guèye, Minister of Fisheries and Maritime Economy, Senegal

Karl Brauner, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization

Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly, Director, Monterey Bay Aquarium, US

Co-Chair Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Canada

Árni Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN

Milton Haughton, Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM)

Nishan Degnarain, Chair, Global Agenda Council on Oceans, World Economic Forum

John Silk, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marshall Islands

Jörn Schmidt, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea

Jihyun Lee, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

View of the room during the partnership dialogue

Partnership dialogue 5: Increasing economic benefits to small island developing States and least developed countries and providing access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets

View of the dais during the partnership dialogue

Mohammed Shainee, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, Maldives

Co-Chair Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada

Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, UN

Laura Tuck, Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank Group

Mitchell Lay, Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organizations

Vice President Vincent Meriton, Seychelles

President Baron Divavesi Waqa, Nauru

Co-Chair Marko Pomerants, Minister of Environment, Estonia

Milner Tozaka, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Solomon Islands

Dame Meg Taylor, Pacific Ocean Commissioner, Papua New Guinea

Karen Ellemann, Minister for Equal Opportunities and Nordic Cooperation, Denmark

Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General, Commonwealth Secretariat

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