The Swedish Government and SwAM arranged a side event in New York during The Ocean Conference on the theme “Can we achieve SDG 14 without looking upstream? Starting at the source to save the sea”.
The event took place on Thursday June 8, 2017.
Side Event during The Ocean Conference
Video from the event
About the Event
The realization of several SDG 14 targets rely upon actions taken upstream from the coast. Therefore it is important to achieve a coordinated and holistic governance and management of resource flows from “Source to Sea” in order to reach the sustainable development goals, particularly SDG 6 and 14.
Keynotes from a political perspective
Keynotes was delivered by:
- Swedens Minister of Environment
- Germanys Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety
- Republic of Seychelles, Minister of Environment, Energy & Climate Change
- Jamaica – The Honourable Daryl Vaz, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation with responsibility for Land, Environment, Climate Change and Investments
- Fiji, Minister for Agriculture, Rural & Maritime Development & National Disaster Management
- Republic of South Africa, Minister of Environmental Affairs
Keynotes from a technical perspective
A Keynote address was delivered by Dr. Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO followed by technical reflections from IUCN, S2S platform and the Swedish Green Party
The event was moderated by SwAM:s Director General Jakob Granit.
- Action Platform Source to Sea/SIWI
- Indian Ocean Commission
- the Government of Germany
- Swedish Chemicals Agency
- Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
- Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
This side event will showcase good practices on the governance and management of resource flows from “source-to-sea” from the local scale to the regional scale. The ambition is to explore successful source-to-sea initiatives at the national and regional levels to learn how nations and regional organisations can support the implementation of source-to-sea measures in a broader economic perspective to achieve SDG 14.
The outcome of the event will be a set of recommendations that can be taken onboard by governments, private sector and other actors to reach the SDG 14 implementing a system perspective from source-to-sea at the national and regional levels.