Posted June 26, 2022.
Twenty heads of state and government will be in Lisbon for the United Nations Conference on the Oceans, which will take place from June 27 to July 1, confirmed the vice-president of the organizing committee, Alexandre Leitão.
In addition, representatives from 193 countries will also join, including 938 civil society entities, 75 foundations and 74 universities.
The 2022 UN Ocean Conference, co-hosted by the governments of Kenya and Portugal, comes at a critical time as the world seeks to address many of the deep-rooted problems in our societies laid bare by the pandemic. of COVID-19, and the world is stepping up its efforts to mobilize, create and pilot solutions to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
As one of the first milestones in the new Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals launched by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the theme – “Our Ocean, Our People, Our Prosperity” – the conference hopes to unlock ocean-based solutions to address some of the most defining issues of our time, from climate change to economic inequality, and will seek to propel scientific innovation to open a new chapter in global ocean action.
According to the organizers of the event, the conference will also highlight the importance of the ocean as the largest ecosystem on our planet, our source of life, supporting the sustenance of humanity and that of all other organisms on earth. . It stabilizes the climate, stores carbon, nurtures unimaginable biodiversity, and directly supports human well-being through food and energy resources, as well as providing cultural and recreational services. The ocean is also essential to our economy, with an estimated 40 million people employed by ocean industries by 2030.
Representing the United States, President’s Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry will co-host the Our Ocean 2022 conference, leading a delegation of U.S. representatives from civil society and industry.
Representing the Luso-American community, Dean of the Massachusetts Senate Marc R. Pacheco (D-Taunton) will be the keynote speaker at the conference.
9e In September 2021, the General Assembly adopted the draft decision (A/75/578) entitled “United Nations Conference 2022“to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”, by which the Assembly decides to convene the Conference of 27e June to 1st July 2022 in Lisbon.