TOF Guide to the UN Ocean Conference 2022 

Co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, the UN Ocean Conference will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, between 27 June – 1 July, 2022. Playing our part in promoting science-based solutions to the many complex environmental and societal problems exacerbating the climate crisis, we will host and co-host numerous official side events. Whether you’re headed to Lisbon to participate in person or will tune in to the virtual sessions, we put together a list of useful information to guide you through these couple of days packed with insightful discussions. Many of our team members will be there in person and would love to meet you.

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Our Official Side Events

Ocean Science Capacity as a Condition to Achieving SDG 14: Perspectives and Solutions

This in-person event will offer critical perspectives towards achieving more equitable ocean science capacity throughout SDG 14 implementation. Leaders from The Ocean Foundation, The United States Department of State, Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique, The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center, and the Pacific Community will discuss what barriers are preventing equity and what strategies should be employed across SDG 14 activities to ensure equity.

When: Thursday, 30 June, 2022 | 18:00 – 20:00 WEST (1:00 – 3:00 PM EDT)
Where: Myriad Crystal Center, Av. Boa Esperança 40101A, 1990-305 Lisbon, Portugal

Our Co-Sponsored Side Events

Science Towards a Sustainable Ocean by 2030: International Accountability, Best Practices and Success Stories

The role of science to innovate and overcome challenges within the context of ocean data in Mexico. Science towards healthy ecosystems and sustainable use of marine resources; the Spanish experiences.

When: Monday, 27 June, 2022 | 14:30 – 15:45 WEST (9:30 AM – 10:45 PM EDT)
Where: Altice Arena, Blue Zone, Side Event Room 2, 1990-231 Lisbon, Portugal

How International Cooperation and Partnerships Across Science and Technology Can Build Capacities and Lead to Systems Innovation

The International Atomic Energy Agency is organizing an official side event at the UN Ocean Conference 2022, in cooperation with the Circulate Initiative and the Incubation Network, to discuss actions to address marine plastic pollution.

When: Tuesday, 28 June, 2022 | 11:30 – 12:45 WEST (6:30 – 7:45 AM EDT)
Where: Altice Arena, Blue Zone, Side Event Room 1, 1990-231 Lisbon, Portugal

Accessible Ocean Action: Active Ocean Communities Driving Citizen Science & Conservation in the Ocean Decade

How can we best engage water users in citizen science, activism and volunteering to influence and deliver environmental outcomes, national policy and public awareness to protect and restore our seas?

When: Tuesday, 28 June, 2022 | 16:00 – 17:30 WEST (11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT)
Where: Virtual

A Perspective to Reduce Climate Change Impacts Through Restoration and NbS in Marine-Coastal Ecosystems, a Review of Case Studies

Critical and recent perspectives about the impacts of socioecological restoration as a nature-based solution with large-impact potential to be implemented in the coastal-marine areas of Mexico.

When: Thursday, 30 June, 2022 | 18:00 – 21:00 WEST (1:00 – 4:00 PM EDT)
Where: Virtual

From Science to Action: An Ocean of Solutions

World experts will showcase ambitious ocean initiatives (nature-based solutions, community-based management, MPAs, blue finance, shipping, ocean forecast) that are accessible, scalable and sustainable.

When: Thursday, 30 June, 2022 | 18:15 – 19:45 WEST (2:15 – 3:45 PM EDT)
Where: Maritime Museum of Lisbon, Praça do Império, 1400-206 Lisbon, Portugal

It’s all about people: Building inclusive leadership and cross-sectoral collaboration for a thriving ocean

A sustainable ocean demands new thinking, learning from the past, promoting leaders and unprecedented collaboration. Explore best practices worldwide, help us shift mindsets and amplify impact.

When: Friday, 1 July, 2022 | 13:00 – 14:15 WEST (8:00 – 9:45 AM EDT)
Where: Altice Arena, Blue Zone, Side Event Room 2, 1990-231 Lisbon, Portugal

Our Speaker Appearances

The Post Plastic World

An ambitious transition to a “Post-Plastic World”: What will the new UNEP Resolution 5/14 for a legally binding Global Treaty to End Plastic Pollution mean for national governments? Also, how will we ensure that the science and technology used to quantify and progress this agenda, post-Treaty, enable circular economy worldwide and improve waste management for all participating countries?

When: Monday, 27 June, 2022 | 18:00 – 20:00 WEST (1:00 – 3:00 PM EDT)
Where: Reef Action Hub, R. do Bojador 47, Lisbon – Portugal

Taking Action to Address Ocean Acidification & Implement SDG 14.3

This event will highlight Voluntary Commitments made across governments and civil society to advance OA policy, financing, literacy, science and innovation for management.

When: Wednesday, 29 June, 2022 | 14:30 – 15:45 WEST (9:30 – 10:45 AM EDT)
Where: Altice Arena, Blue Zone, Committee Room, 1990-231 Lisbon, Portugal

Networks Of Marine Protected Areas Managers Making The Difference

Details coming soon

Leveraging Solutions for Microplastic Reduction for Ocean Health

The One Sustainable Ocean | Ocean Science & Business2Sea is one of the official side-events area of UNOC 2022, having been designated officially as umbrella event. Sponsored by Pingo Doce, through the initiative to preserve the ocean “Amar o Mar”, it is a free entry event focused on the ocean future, sustainability, circular economy, and innovation, totally aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life below water.

When: Thursday, 30 June, 2022 | 12:00 – 13:00 WEST (7:00 – 8:00 AM EDT)
Where: Pavilhão de Portugal, Cais Português 1990-221 Lisbon, Portugal

Ocean Decade Forum

The Ocean Decade Forum, organized by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC), is aimed to convey a message of action, partnerships, and inclusivity, showing participants the many ways they can be part of the Decade, announce commitments from partners, and showcase endorsed Decade Actions.

When: Thursday, 30 June, 2022 | 14:30 – 17:00 WEST (9:30 AM – 12:00 PM EDT)
Where: Ciencia Viva Auditorium, Green Zone, Lisbon, Portugal