The Swedish Government and SwAM will arrange a side event in New York during The Ocean Conference. The event will take place on Thursday June 8, 2017. The theme is “Can we achieve SDG 14 without looking upstream? Starting at the source to save the sea”.


1:15 pm – 1:25 pm Opening remarks

Setting the scene

Dr. Jakob Granit, Director General, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management

Welcome address

Mr Raj Mohabeer, Officer in Charge: Economic Affairs Department, Indian Ocean Commission (IOC)

1:25 pm – 2:05 pm High-level Keynote speakers

1. Keynote

Swedish Minister for the Environment, H.E. Karolina Skog

Source-to-sea priorities in the Baltic and the North Sea and the links to regional economic cooperation and development (e.g. EU strategy for the Baltic Sea region, HELCOM and OSPAR cooperation)

2. Keynote

Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany, H.E. Dr. Barbara Hendricks

Marine Litter, Nutrients, toxic pollutants: tackling land based pollution at the source – experiences from Germany.

3. Keynote

Minister of Environment, Energy & Climate Change at Republic of Seychelles, H.E. Didier Dogley

Experiences from a Small Island Developing State in addressing source-to-sea priorities in the broader regional economic collaborative perspective of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC)

4. Keynote

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

Experiences from Jamaica in identifying and addressing source to sea priorities.

5. Keynote

Minister for Agriculture, Rural & Maritime Development & National Disaster Management, Fiji, H.E. Inia Seruiratu

Experiences from Fiji in identifying and addressing source to sea priorities.

6. Keynote

Minister of Environmental Affairs, H.E. Edna Molewa, Republic of South Africa

Experiences from South Africa in identifying and addressing source to sea priorities.

2:05 pm – 2:30 pm Keynote address, technical reflections and discussion


Dr. Jakob Granit

Keynote address

Dr. Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson for the Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Integrated approaches - Investments that address Source-to-sea priorities and ocean governance supporting the delivery of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Technical reflections

Panel members

  • Mr. Carl Gustaf Lundin, Director of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Global Marine and Polar Programme
  • Mr. Torkil Jonch Clausen, Chair of the Action Platform on Source to Sea Management
  • Ms. Emma Nohrén, member of The Riksdag, The Green Party

Concluding remarks

Dr. Jakob Granit

The Side Event is organized and financed within the framework of SwAMs cooperation with the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida).

Published: 2017-05-22