Highlights and images for 8 June 2017


On Thursday morning, plenary celebrated the World Oceans Day. Noting that the ocean makes Earth unique in the solar system, Co-President Isabelle Lövin said World Oceans Day celebrates our dream of a healthy and productive ocean. UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson said World Oceans Day also celebrates our awareness of the need to “right the wrongs” we have done to the ocean. Noting more than 1,000 voluntary commitments submitted, he said the conference is a turning point towards protecting the ocean for posterity. Plenary heard from scientists, ocean researchers, filmmakers, activists, conservationists, private entrepreneurs and community and youth representatives on initiatives to reverse ocean degradation.

In the afternoon, plenary continued the general debate. Member States showcased efforts to expand coverage of marine protected areas (MPAs) and reduce or ban single-use plastics, regional initiatives, and innovative financial mechanisms for sustainable ocean management. Many called for timely completion of the negotiations for an international legally binding instrument on marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction.

A partnership dialogue was devoted to increasing scientific knowledge, and developing research capacity and transfer of marine technology. Participants addressed, among other issues, the need for: well-funded, independent research, and better use and transfer of existing technologies; science to defend long-term societal interests; understanding marine ecosystems’ and species’ responses to climate change; science-based policy making; and capacity building and technology transfer, according to developing countries’ needs, rather than externally identified priorities.

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World Oceans Day

A band from Fiji opened the celebrations of the World Oceans Day 2017

Peter Thomson, President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, Fiji

Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate and Deputy Prime Minister, Sweden

Fabien Cousteau, aquanaut, ocean conservationist, and documentary filmmaker

Brian Skerry, photographer and photojournalist specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments

Sylvia Earle, marine biologist, explorer, author, and lecturer

Aulani Wilhelm, Polynesian Voyaging Society

Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel

Iain Kerr, CEO, Ocean Alliance

Scott Bolton, NASA

Leonardo DiCaprio intervened with a video message

Live from Paris with UNESCO Youth

From L-R: Budi Setiawan, Founder, Kelompok Peduli Lingkungan Belitung Coastal Community Group; Diego Luna, actor, producer and director; and Fatou Janha, Executive Director, TRY Oyster Women's Association

Ellen Cuylaerts, conservationist, and underwater and wildlife photographer

Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group

Cady Coleman, chemist and former NASA astronaut

Chris Jordan, artist and photographer

Yōhei Sasakawa, Chairman, The Nippon Foundation

Eric Liedtke, Adidas

Karan Jerath, Young Leader for the SDGs

Melati and Isabel Wijsen, Founders, Bye Bye Plastic Bali

Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama, Fiji

Youth from UNESCO World Heritage sites

Dawul Wuru Aboriginal Corporation, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Plenary Session

View of the dais during the plenary session

Aubrey Webson, Ambassador to the UN, Antigua and Barbuda

Mauro Luiz Iecker Vieira, Permanent Representative to the UN, Brazil

Marc-André Blanchard, Permanent Representative to the UN, Canada

Besiana Kadare, Permanent Representative to the UN, Albania

Rhonda King, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Mohamed Khaled Khiari, Permanent Representative to the UN, Tunisia

Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer to the UN, Palestine

Partnership Dialogue 6: Increasing scientific knowledge, and developing research capacity and transfer of marine technology

Co-Chairs Héctor Soldi, Vice Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Peru, and Thorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, Minister for Fisheries and Agriculture, Iceland

Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO

Patricia Andrea Miloslavich de Klein, Simón Bolivar University

Amos Barkai, Co-Owner and CEO, OLSPS, South Africa

Mark Abbott, Director and President, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Co-Chair Héctor Soldi, Vice Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Peru

Johan Kuylenstierna, Executive Director, Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden

Co-Chair Thorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, Minister for Fisheries and Agriculture, Iceland

View of the room during the partnership dialogue


Non-state coalitions