Fiji and Sweden initiated The Ocean Conference in New York, 5–9 June 2017. The conference focused on Sustainable Development Goal 14, one of 17 goals in the 2030 Agenda. We provided supporting material and organized other events linked to the conference.
The conference overall theme is the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14. The goal focuses on preserving and utilizing the oceans and marine resources in a sustainable manner. We and several other government agencies assisted the Swedish government with preparations and underlying material for the conference, as well as implementation and follow-up.
Our work is supported by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute which is gathering good examples of efforts toward sustainable seas from the Swedish business industry. On 17 March 2017, a workshop was held to highlight these good examples.
We are also collaborating with the Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment in order to take advantage of competence from Sweden’s higher education institutions and to increase our understanding of the contradictions found in SDG 14. Two focus areas exist within the collaboration. We want to obtain an overview of the measures against eutrophication nationally, regionally, and, in certain countries, internationally. We would also like to collect and analyse the measures against marine litter, with a focus on developing countries and small island developing states.