Inaugural Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean opens in Bangkok

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

Against this backdrop, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in close cooperation with custodian agencies of the Communities of Ocean Action and the UN Special Envoy for the Ocean are organizing the first-ever Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean on 20 November 2018 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok.

At the halfway mark between the global 2017 and 2020 United Nations Ocean Conference, this is the first event of its kind at the regional level that aims to take stock of progress made by countries in the region on SDG14 targets, expand Communities of Ocean Action and catalyze new commitments for a healthy ocean in Asia and the Pacific.

The opening session will be webcast live on . For the full programme, visit .

What: Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean
Where: Conference Room 4, United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok
When: 20 November 2018, 9:00am – 5:30pm
  • Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
  • Mr. Peter Thomson, United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean
  • Ms. Aban Marker Kabraji, Regional Director, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Media highlights:
09:00 – 09:45 Opening Session: Our Region, Our Ocean
16:45 – 17:00 Closing Session: Accelerating Action in the Region

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