Event
Save Our Ocean: Engaging with SDG 14 in support of The Ocean Conference in Stockholm, 2 June, 2017
Date: 2 June, 2017
Location: Vrtahamnens frjeterminal 115 41 Stockholm Sweden

Peace Boat, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs are co-organizing an event onboard Peace Boat to raise awareness of the United Nations Ocean Conference

The world's seas and oceans are essential for our survival. The ocean covers nearly three quarters of the Earth's surface and contributes substantially to human development, including to the provision of food security, transport, energy supply, tourism and many of the planet's most critical ecosystem services. Yet, today it is estimated that 40 percent of our oceans are heavily affected by unsustainable practices, including over-fishing, land-based sources of pollution and marine littering, habitat destruction, invasive species as well as climate change, particularly ocean acidification.
The United Nations Ocean Conference will take place at the UN Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, co-hosted by Sweden and Fiji. World leaders, civil society representatives will come together to find a strategy to implement SDG 14 of the Sustainable Development Goals - "Life Below Water" and protecting the world's oceans and seas on which we all depend.

To raise awareness of this conference and efforts by civil society and governments to achieve SDG14, Peace Boat, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign affairs are organising a public event onboard Peace Boat's passenger ship, Ocean Dream as it is docked in Stockholm on June 2 - just days before the UN conference begins.

Join political leaders, civil society representatives and ocean experts onboard Peace Boat for a symposium on Engaging with SDG14 and The Ocean Conference. Learn more about the state of our oceans, what is being done internationally and in the Baltic, and what we can expect from the Ocean Conference in New York. Enjoy music and dance to celebrate the world's oceans and raise your voice with the hashtag #SaveOurOcean.






"The importance of the world's ocean cannot be overstated. They supply 50% of the oxygen we breathe, feed billions of people, and provide livelihoods for millions more. They are the great biological pump of global atmospheric and thermal regulation, and the driver of the water and nutrient cycles. And they are among the most powerful tools for mitigating the effects of climate change. In short, the ocean is a critical ally, and we must do everything in our power to safeguard them"

H.E. Isabella Lvin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, Sweden

All must participants must register by May 29. The ID used to register is required to pass through port and ship security. Participants are requested to arrive early to pass port security procedures to enter the Ocean Dream.



Event Details

Date: Friday June 2, 2017

Time: Ocean Symposium starts from 11:00. Doors open from 10:15 *

Venue: Onboard Peace Boat (Ocean Dream), Vrtahamnen Port, Stockholm

Registration Deadline: Monday May 29, 2017

Speakers:

H.E. Isabella Lvin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, Sweden

H.E. Karolina Maria Skog, Minister for the Environment, Sweden

Ms. Katarina Luhr, Vice Mayor of Environment in the City of Stockholm

Ms. Karin Lexén & Ms. Sara Frcklin, Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC)

Mr. Tom Arnbom, World Wildlife Fund Sweden

Mr. Sren Kjellkvist & Mr. Glenn Mattsing, Row Around Svalbard

Ms. Frida Bengtsson, Greenpeace Sweden

Ms. Hannah Stanton, Global Goals.org

Ms. Merci Olsen, Race for the Baltic



Co-organized with The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation


The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation is a charitable environmental organisation with the power to bring about change. SNCC spreads knowledge, chart environmental threats, propose solutions and influence politicians and authorities, both nationally and internationally. Under democratic forms, SNCC works regionally in 24 county branches and locally in 270 community branches. Climate change, seas and fishing, forests, agriculture and environmental toxins are their priority areas of work, both nationally and
globally. SSNC commits to strive for healthy oceans and marine ecosystems that can
deliver ecosystem services by:
- Stronger regulation and restrictions on destructive fishing practices such as bottom trawling
- No illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing
- Protection and restoration of coastal ecosystems such as mangroves and seagrass meadows
- Better regulation on hazardous substances and plastics
- More and better managed Marine Protected Areas

Read more about the SSNC's Voluntary Commitment to SDG14 here.

Registration

All must participants must register by May 29. The ID used to register is required to pass through port and ship security. Participants are requested to arrive early to pass port security procedures to enter the Ocean Dream.