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08 November 2019 | Open meeting

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) hosted the first Asia Pacific Day for the Ocean in 2018. At the 75th Session, member States requested continuation of the work on the ocean. The Commission also decided the theme of its seventy-sixth session as: “Promoting economic, social and environmental cooperation on oceans for sustainable development.”

In preparation for the theme of the 76th Commission session, and the global UN “Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”, a Second Edition of the Asia Pacific Day for the Ocean will be organized on 8 November 2019 in Bangkok (Thailand). 

Asia-Pacific is home to the most biologically diverse and productive marine ecosystems on Earth -our ocean is a vital source of livelihood, employment, nutrition and economic growth in the region and is essential in balancing our climate. Yet, the capacity of our ocean to sustain development is being jeopardized by pollution, overfishing, climate change and inadequate governance. Countries in Asia-Pacific are both major sources of ocean degradation and highly vulnerable to its impacts.

The Day for the Ocean 2019 will offer an opportunity to review technological developments and new scientific innovations that can contribute to a more sustainable coexistence with the ocean and its ecosystems. This event will provide a space for communities of action to voice their concerns and recommendations, and will foster partnerships, environmental participation, community engagement and regional cooperation.

This event will highlight the urgency in the region to take action on the protection of the ocean. The Second Asia Pacific Day for the Ocean will offer three parallel thematic sessions, which will provide participants with a specialized forum to present and exchange ideas on regional opportunities for the ocean. These sessions will address marine pollution, transport and fisheries, and highlight initiatives that promote economic, social and environmental cooperation with a focus on countries with special needs.

The Catch - Sustainable Fisheries will address the issue of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the region, and its impact on the ecosystem; reflecting on the relationship between sustainable fishing and its connection with other SDGs.

Sustainability Compass will highlight the importance of responsible maritime transport as a driver of economic growth for the AP region, discussing how maritime transport could be more efficient with the incorporation of new technologies, thus contributing to the sustainability of the ocean.

A sustainable blue economy will question current consumption and utilization of plastics in everyday life, the problem that this phenomenon represents, and how it ultimately contributes to marine debris; discussing a circular economy with “blue” value chains and more corporate social responsibility to protect our ocean.

This is an open invitation to a wider audience, including policy-makers, governments, NGOs, private sector entities, universities and research institutes, including geographical representation from the region.

All stakeholders currently implementing Voluntary Commitments in ocean basins, seas and countries in Asia-Pacific or working on initiatives for a healthy ocean in the region and interested in making a Voluntary Commitment and/or joining our event are invited to register as participants to report progress made, challenges faced, and share success stories. We invite interested participants to register well in advance of the event and no later than 1 November 2019 via the following link:

If you are currently implementing a Voluntary Commitment in Asia-Pacific and are interested in joining as a presenting entity, kindly contact us as soon as possible via [email protected] with the subject line “Asia Pacific Day for the Ocean” and provide us with information on the specific session you are interested in and the name of your Voluntary Commitment. Entities implementing Voluntary Commitments who are not able to join in person, are invited to contact us to provide written input, a recorded message, or other media to present their success stories.

If you are interested in exhibiting your initiative and progress at a booth during our event, kindly fill out the registration form for a booth and contact us via the e-mail provided above.

Show your commitment to protect our Ocean. Join now!


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Environment and Development Division +66 2 288 1234 [email protected]