The IASS at the UN Ocean Conference

Mon, 06/05/2017 to Fri, 06/09/2017

United Nations, New York


Side Event: Marine Protection and the Sustainable Development Goals

With its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations has adopted an ambitious agenda for the future of human society through to 2030, that ranges from the alleviation of poverty and hunger, to economic growth and sustainable consumption. SDG 14 is dedicated to the protection of the oceans and the sustainable use of marine resources.

But how do efforts to protect the oceans interact with activities aimed at achieving other development goals? What trade-offs and synergies are there? These issues will be addressed in a panel discussion organised by the International Council for Science (ICSU) in cooperation with IASS experts on ocean governance and other partners.

IASS experts on location: Stefanie Schmidt and Sebastian Unger


Monday, June 6 2017 9.00 a.m. – 10.30 a.m. (EST)

Conference Room B, United Nations Headquarters

Online: Interconnections Among the SDGs as a Force Multiplier for Implementation Of SDG14


Side event: Regional Cooperation for Sustainable Oceans

The governments of Germany and Sweden, together with the United Nations Environment Programme and in cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), and TMG – Think Tank for Sustainability are organising a one-day side event on the role of regional ocean governance in delivering SDG 14.

Participants from a variety of regions will discuss and identify innovative solutions that would enable countries and competent organisations to work together towards the harmonised and cross-sectoral implementation of SDG 14.This side event will be organised as an integral part of the UN Ocean Conference and its concluding messages will be reported back to the conference.

Confirmed speakers include Secretary of State for the Environment of Germany Gunther Adler, Swedish Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog, and Executive Director of UN Environment Erik Solheim. This event is aimed at high-level decision-makers and experts on ocean governance.


Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations

See the programme here.


Side Event: Sharing Knowledge for Integrated Ocean Management

What factors contribute to the success of marine conservation initiatives? What best practice examples are there? Organised by the IASS in cooperation with the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other partners, this event will provide a forum for the sharing of knowledge. It brings practitioners and representatives of marine conservation organisations together with experts on environmental science and sustainability to discuss case studies and potential solutions. A particular focus will lie on ocean acidification, which is destroying coral reefs and other forms of marine life and undermining the economic foundations and coastal infrastructure of many small island states. An IASS Policy Brief on capacity development for sustainable ocean management  will form the basis of this discussion.

IASS expert on location: Sebastian Unger

7 June 2017 9.00 a.m. – 10.30 a.m. (EST)

Conference Room B, United Nations Headquarters

Online: Capacity Development Solutions for Managing, Protecting, Conserving and Restoring Marine and Coastal Ecosystems

Additional information: Flyer: Programme at the German Ocean Pavilion