31 May 2022

Venue: Online | Webex

Organization: Portugal, Kenya, Geneva Environment Network

In the run-up to the UN Ocean Conference (June 2022, Lisbon), the Geneva Blue Talks aim to engage stakeholders in the process by focusing on key issues related to SDG14 that are both at the heart of International Geneva and of the upcoming conference.

About the Geneva Blue Talks

Pursuant to General Assembly decision 75/578, the 2022 UN Ocean Conference will be held from 27 June to 1 July 2022 in Lisbon. The conference will be co-hosted by Portugal and Kenya under the theme “Scaling up the ocean action based on science and innovation for the implementation of Goal 14: stocktaking, partnerships and solutions”.  It will provide a critical opportunity to mobilize partnerships and increase investment in science-driven approaches to achieve SDG 14.

In the run-up to the conference, “Blue Talks” are taking place around the world, to discuss the core issues that will be addressed at the conference, contextualizing the debate with an overview of the status quo while underlining the urgency of finding solutions to the challenges identified. The objective is to trigger the debate and wide interest in Ocean related issues and by extend active participation in the UN Ocean Conference, to promote SDG 14, the sharing of experiences and innovative approaches, and to identify opportunities to mobilize the public and private sectors.

In this context, the Geneva Environment Network is collaborating with Portugal and Kenya to propose the Geneva Blue Talks, addressing issues that are both at the heart of International Geneva and of the UN Ocean Conference, thus highlighting the contribution of Geneva to the global ocean agenda. Geneva is indeed a major hub for global environmental governance, were questions regarding the sustainability of our ocean are addressed in various processes and negotiations. Protecting our ecosystems from pollution or climate change, developing a sustainable blue economy, providing data and science solutions to help decision-making processes, or creating synergies for achieving SDG14, are some of the topics discussed in Geneva that could contribute to help implementing measure to achieve SDG14.

About this Session

This high-level briefing will provide an update on the UN Ocean Conference presidents’ priorities for the Assembly, as well as the latest updates on preparations and expected outcomes.


By order of intervention.

H.E. Amb. Peter THOMSON

UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean


Deputy Minister for Multilateral Affairs, Costa Rica

H.E. Amb. Benson H.O. OGUTU

Consultant and Advisor, Planning Committee, UN Ocean Conference 2022 & Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Kenya

H.E. Amb. Alexandre LEITÃO

Special Envoy for Climate Affairs, Portugal


Secretary General, Fórum Oceano

Minna EPPS

Director, IUCN Ocean | Moderator


This event will take place online. Kindly register on the Webex platform.


In addition to the live WebEx and social media transmissions, the video of the event will be available on this webpage.