The second UN Ocean Conference ended on Friday with commitments to organize the third UN Ocean Conference in 2025 along with adopting a Declaration by representatives from over 160 countries attending with accepting the ocean is “fundamental to life on our planet and to our future,”
Convened in Lisbon, Portugal, from 27 June to 1 July 2022 included numerous special events and side events co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal.
Initially the conference was planned for 2020. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic the meet was compelled to postpone for two years.
The declaration also expresses alarm at the global emergency facing the ocean and reaffirms that climate change is affecting marine life. The meeting also urged all nations to take various ways of science-based and innovative steps.
As per the report, the Conference has generated billions of dollars in voluntary commitments, with approximately 50 high-level pledges, including an investment of at least US $1 billion to support the creation, expansion, and management of marine protected areas (MPAs) and Indigenous and locally governed marine and coastal areas by 2030, made by the Protecting Our Planet Challenge.
During the session, delegates held interactive dialogues on attainment of SDG 14, on the ocean, and goals related to clean water and sanitation, poverty, food security, health, women, decent work, climate action, cities, terrestrial ecosystems, and partnerships.
Conference Co-President President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa stressed that the Declaration signifies the UN spirit, underlined the need to accord the youth the attention they deserve in decision making on the ocean.
France and Costa Rica have announced to host the next conference.