Conference Room 14, UN Environment Assembly, Nairobi, Kenya – Concept note

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Building Communities of Ocean Action on Marine pollution
6 December 2017, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Conference Room 14, UN Environment Assembly, Nairobi, Kenya
Concept note
At the high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable
Development Goal 14 (SDG 14) – The Ocean Conference – held in June 2017 at UN headquarters
in New York, close to 1,400 voluntary commitments for concrete action to advance
implementation of SDG 14 were made by governments, the United Nations system, civil society
organizations, academia, the scientific community, and the private sector. These commitments,
together with the Conference outcome document Our Ocean, Our Future: Call for Action, mark a
global breakthrough on the path to sustainable management and conservation of our oceans,
seas and marine resources.
To support implementation of the voluntary commitments, the Secretary-General’s Special
Envoy for the Ocean Ambassador Peter Thomson, with the support of the United Nations
Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), is establishing nine clusters of
Communities of Ocean Action among all stakeholders making ocean voluntary commitments to
spur further action and maintain momentum until the next anticipated Ocean Conference in
2020. Marine pollution, which is addressed through SDG target 14.1, is one of the Communities
of Ocean Action that have emerged through the process.
On 6 December 2017 at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi, Kenya,
the Special Envoy for the Ocean, Ambassador Peter Thomson and UN DESA, in collaboration
with UN Environment, will hold an event on Communities of Ocean Action on Marine Pollution.
The event aims to hear from various stakeholders on their innovative solutions for tackling
marine pollution through their voluntary commitments, and build up the Communities of Ocean
Action practitioners on marine pollution.
Participation
The event is open to all participants of UNEA.
If you are interested in providing an update on your marine pollution related Voluntar

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