The second UN Ocean Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, starts next week from 27 June to 1st July. It is expected to deliver science-driven innovations and solutions to respond to the environmental emergency facing world’s oceans.

With the expected participation of over 5,000 ocean advocates, including world leaders, entrepreneurs, youth, influencers and scientists, the Conference will ignite fresh impetus for advancing Sustainable Development Goal 14– at the heart of global action to protect life under water. Concrete measures will be adopted to build ocean resilience and more sustainable communities, underpinned by a new wave of commitments — following the over 1,300 commitments made at the 2017 Ocean Conference — to restore the ocean’s health. 

A political declaration will be adopted at the end of the conference. Here is its draft.

Along with its partners, MedPAN is fully mobilised for this crucial event on the international ocean agenda. MedPAN co-organises 3 events during the week and has been invited to a number of events during which the voice of Mediterranean MPA managers will be raised and the importance of networks of MPA managers to reach international ocean protection goals will be showcased. 

If you are planning on attending the conference, please do join us (register when possible)…


Events co-organised by or with contribution from MedPAN


Tuesday 28 June – 16:00 / 17:30 – Centre Auditorio III – PT Meeting Center

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Welcome Out of The Box! From Blue Food for Thought To Blue Food for Action.

Organised by the Varda Group, with support from Bertarelli Philanthropy, the Tara Ocean Foundation and MedPAN

Making ocean protection the norm rather than the exception: from thought to action

Wednesday 29 June – 18:00 / 20:00 – VIP Executive Arts Hotel (Av. Dom João II 47, 1998-028 )

Networks Of Marine Protected Areas Managers Making The Difference

Organised by: EU OCEAN GOVERNANCE project, MedPAN, NAMPAN, Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea and Areas of Influence, OSPAR, HELCOM, NOAA, OFB, Fundacion Biodiversidad, Aires Marines Communautaires Protégées du Sénegal, The MedFund (Mediterranean Conservation Trust Fund), MAR FUND, Costa Rica Por Siempre, Caribbean Biodiversity Fund, PACIFICO, Fundacion Natura

The event will show cooperation between networks of MPA managers at national, regional and international levels under the EU Ocean Governance project and their alliance with Conservation Trust Funds

Thursday 30 June – 18:00 / 20:00 – VIP Executive Arts Hotel (Av. Dom João II 47, 1998-028 Lisboa

Ocean Governance: Managers at the centre of International Policies

Organised by: EU Ocean Governance project Registration

Thursday 30 June – 19:00 / 21:00 – Pavilhão do Conhecimento

From User Conflicts to Sustainable Fishing Practices and Marine Conservation: Together for The Med Network

Organised by IUCN Med and BlueSeeds

This side event aims to share the new and transformative partnership in the Mediterranean to build sustainable pragmatic approaches for sustainable fisheries and marine conservation with stakeholders


Events where MedPAN has been invited


Sunday 26 June – 11:30 / 15:00- Museu do Marinha

OCÉAN: From Brest to Lisbon, building on the achievements of the One Ocean Summit

Organised by France, One Planet Summit for the Ocean, French Presidency of the European Union, Ocean & Climate Platform

Monday 27 June – 13:00 / 14:15 – Altice Arena (Room 2).

From Science to Action: Blueing the Paris Agreement

Organised by the Government of France, the UNFCCC and the Ocean & Climate Platform

Monday 27 June – 13:00 / 14:15 – Room 1, Altice Arena, Blue Zone

Aquatic / Blue Food Coalition – “Future of Food is Blue: Coalition Acts to Support Aquatic Blue Foods and Thriving Fishing Communities”

Lead Organisations: The Government of Iceland submitted the proposal, on behalf of the Blue Foods Coalition.

Other Organisations: Government of Iceland, Government of Canada, Germany – Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development Center (BMZ), Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Ocean Solutions at Stanford, EAT, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Global Action Network Sustainable Food from the Oceans and Inland Waters for Food Security and Nutrition (GAN), WWF, Friends of Ocean Action (World Economic Forum (WEF), World Resources Institute (WRI)), RiseUp, Environmental Law Institute, the Pacific Community (SPC), Oceana, Worldfish, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Safe Seaweed Coalition, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Global Salmon Initiative (GSI), FUTUREFISH.

First proposed at the UN Food System Summit last year, the Aquatic Blue Food Coalition brings together governments, civil society organizations, private sector and others committed to sustainable blue foods. The Coalition will officially launch at the UN Ocean Conference, setting out to raise the profile of blue foods in discussions and decisions about the future of food systems and to mobilize support for countries that are acting on these priorities. 

Aquatic, or “blue,” foods are an important part of food systems around the world – a principal source of nutrition for more than 3 billion people – and they have vital roles to play in building healthier, more sustainable food systems for the future.  At the heart of blue food systems are small-scale actors, who account for most of the blue food we eat, and 90% of the livelihoods in the sector.  Equitable and sustainable management of aquatic blue food resources is a pressing priority for achieving the SDGs and Agenda 2030.

 Monday 27 June – 17:00 / 19:00 – Centro Vasco da Gama, Terrace,  3rd floor, Beer deck,

Photo Exhibition Opening “Citizens of the Sea” and Vernissage 

Tuesday 28 June – 17:00 / 19:00 – Pavilhão do Conhecimento

Building a Bridge between Science and Sustainable Action in Managing Impacts of Non-Indigenous Species in the Mediterranean Sea

Organised by Turkish Marine Research Foundation, International Ocean Institute, iSeas, Middle East Technical University, The Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas

How can we tackle the problems related to non-indigenous species in the Mediterranean basin which is one of the biodiversity hot spots in the world?

Wednesday 29 June – 14:30 / 15:45 – UNOC- Altice Arena – side event Room 1

Fostering multi-stakeholder partnerships and regional cooperation for SDG14

Organised by Ministry of Environment, Government of Sweden; Italy – Ministry for Ecological Transition; Government of Mauritius; Slovenia – Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning; Partnership for Regional Ocean Governance (IASS, IDDRI, TMG)

Wednesday 29 June – 20:30 / 23:00 – York House

Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Reception : Celebrating over 10 years of building capacity and catalyzing partnerships towards achieving global ocean goals 

Organised by Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and hosted by the Government of France (through the French Biodiversity Agency, OFB), in collaboration with the University of Brest (UBO-IUEM) and the Global Ocean Biodiversity Inititative (GOBI).

Celebrate SOI achievements over more than 10 years and serve as a major CALL to action to enhance ocean-focused capacity building to put the world on track to a sustainable future

Thursday 30 June – 10:00 / 11:15 – Side Event Room 1

The Regional response for the protection of the marine environment and its marine living resources from plastic pollution – A concrete case from the Mediterranean

Organised by the Ministry of the Environment and Energy of Greece (Lead Organizer); United Nations Environment Programme / Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP) (Co-organizer); Regional Activity Centre for Information and Communication (INFO/RAC) of UNEP/MAP; Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC) of UNEP/MAP; Plan Bleu Regional Activity Centre of UNEP/MAP

Advancing global efforts to address plastic pollution by showcasing progress and lessons from the Mediterranean through national & regional activities supported by UNEP/MAP-Barcelona Convention system

Thursday 30 June – 17:00 / 23:00 – Museo de la Marina

 “Ocean For Climate” series of events

Co-organised by the Ocean Climate Platform with France and a number of partners

Friday 1 July – 11:30 / 12:45 – Side Event Room 1

Quality Matters: Enhancing Governance, Effective Management and Resilience of Marine Protected Areas for Multiple Co-benefits

Organised by: Ecuador Government, Charles Darwin Foundation, ReWild, Jocotoco Foundation, Marine Conservation Institute, The Nature Conservancy (moderator), UNEP (moderator)

Dive into effective MPA implementation globally (e.g., Galápagos and Eastern Tropical Pacific), explore innovative planning and finance tools and strategies, and celebrate the 2022 Blue Park Awards. MedPAN will represent Brijuni National Park in Croatia and Torre Guaceto MPA in Italy.


Other interesting events


Tuesday 28 June – 13:00 / 14:15 – Auditorium II-PT Meeting Center

The case for territorial seas towards achieving 30×30: Conserving coastal ecosystems for locally-led livelihoods

Organised by: Rare, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Blue Action Fund (BAF)

Protect and sustainably manage the world’s territorial seas to achieve global biodiversity goals and 30×30 commitments while safeguarding local livelihoods and addressing climate change

Tuesday 28 June – 13:00 / 15:00 – PT Meeting Centre

Progress, Practice and People: Experiences in Ocean Governance from the Regional Seas

Organised by: GRID-Arendal, UNEP/Mediterranean Action Programme (MAP), Abidjan Convention Secretariat, Regional Partnership for Coastal and Marine Conservation in West Africa (PRCM), Nairobi Convention Secretariat

As ocean governance is essential to ensuring healthy marine and coastal ecosystems, this event will showcase diverse experiences and lessons learned, creating an opportunity to upscale success

Tuesday 28 June – 15:00 / 18:00 – Altice Arena, Tejo Hall

Interactive Dialogue 2: Managing, protecting, conserving and restoring marine and coastal ecosystems

Organised by: UN (official prog conference)

Wednesday 29 June – 16:00 / 17:15 – Side Event Room 2

RISE UP – from a Blue Call to Action to a Blue Plan of Action

Organised by: Government of Tuvalu, Oceano Azul Foundation, Oak Foundation, Seas At Risk, Packard Foundation, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Waitt Foundation, Ocean Conservancy, Fauna and Flora International

RISE UP is a joint call from +550 ocean conservation organisations which highlights common priorities and solutions needed to tackle the ocean crisis and raise the level of ambition for ocean action.

Thursday 30 June – 13:15 / 14:30 – Plenary Room

Ocean Governance – From scientific information through political commitments to effective management and action

Organised by: European Commission, Federal Government of Germany and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

The event will present a stocktake of knowledge, solutions and actions for effective ocean governance to achieve conservation and sustainable use, encompassing climate and biodiversity.

  • Contact: maria-joanna.laamanen@ec.europa.eu