LISBON / OCEAN CONFERENCE CLOSING

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The five-day UN Ocean Conference ended today with more than 150 countries collectively agreeing to scale up science-based and innovative actions to address the ocean emergency. UNIFEED

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STORY: LISBON / OCEAN CONFERENCE CLOSING
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DATELINE: 01 JULY 2022, LISBON, PORTUGAL

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1. Various shots, Altice Arena exterior, Ocean Conference’s venue
2. Wide shot, Plenary dais
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel:
“Despite the overwhelming challenges of the past two and a half years, this conference has been an enormous success. It has given us the opportunity to unpack critical issues and generate new ideas and commitments. It also made clear the work that remains and the need to scale up that work and raise the ambition for the recovery of the ocean.”
4. Wide shot, Plenary dais
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel:
“This year, the historic agreements on developing an international legally binding instrument to end plastic pollution at the United Nations Environmental Assembly and on cutting harmful fisheries subsidies and the World Trade Organization are testaments to how multilateralism is now working for the oceans well-being.”
6. Wide shot, Plenary dais
7. SOUNDUP (English) Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President, Portugal:
“I declare closed the 2022 United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal, 14, Conserve and Sustainably use the Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources for Sustainable Development.”
8. Various shots, delegates applauding
9. Wide shot, dais
10. Various shots, flag-lowering ceremony

STORYLINE:

The five-day UN Ocean Conference ended today (1 Jul) with more than 150 countries collectively agreeing to scale up science-based and innovative actions to address the ocean emergency.

In his closing remarks, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel Miguel de Serpa Soares said the Conference “has been an enormous success,” adding that “it has given us the opportunity to unpack critical issues and generate new ideas and commitments.”

He said, “it also made clear the work that remains, and the need to scale up that work and raise ambition for the recovery of the ocean.”

More than 6,000 participants, including 24 Heads of State and Government, and over 2,000 representatives of civil society attended the Conference, advocating for urgent and concrete actions to tackle the ocean crisis.

Serpa Soares said, “this year, the historic agreements on developing an international legally binding instrument to end plastic pollution at the United Nations Environmental Assembly and on cutting harmful fisheries subsidies and the World Trade Organization are testaments to how multilateralism is now working for the oceans well-being.”


The Conference succeeded in translating ideas into action with a host of new commitments made by many countries and stakeholders. Close to 700 commitments were registered, adding to the substantial commitments made at the 2017 UN Ocean Conference.

The Conference saw the unanimous adoption of the Lisbon Declaration, a suite of science-based and innovative actions, taking into account the capacity challenges facing developing countries, in particular, Small Island Developing States and Least Developing Countries, at the frontline of the devastating impacts of the ocean emergency.

Countries agreed on actions ranging from strengthening data collection, recognizing the role of indigenous people in sharing innovation and practices to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from international maritime transportation, especially shipping. They also agreed to promote innovative financing solutions to achieve sustainable ocean-based economies and encourage women and girls’ meaningful participation in the ocean-based economy.

The deliberations at the Conference saw the meaningful engagement of all segments of society. Civil society representatives together with corporate leaders, scientists and other partners spotlighted challenges, shared initiatives, and recommendations across a myriad of areas including marine pollution, ocean acidification and preservation of coastal and marine systems.
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