07/06/17Global Issues 

AquaFed at the Ocean Conference

The high-level United Nations Ocean Conference took place at the UN Headquarters in New York 5-9 June, 2017. Aiming to be the game changer that will reverse the decline in the health of our ocean for people, planet and prosperity, the conference was co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden.


AquaFed´s voluntary commitment “Protecting the Oceans from Land Based Pollution”


Voluntary commitments for The Ocean Conference are initiatives voluntarily undertaken by all the stakeholders that aim to contribute to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 within the framework of the 2030 Agenda.


A very large part of the pollution of the worlds estuaries, coastal waters and deep oceans originates from human activities on land. The degree of this pollution is growing every day with inestimable damage on the environment, economy and societies. All effecting the oceans. This does not need to be the case. AquaFed´s Members demonstrate on a daily basis how their work with the public authorities and communities they serve can improve and even cure such problems.


Please see the AquaFed voluntary commitment published on the Ocean Conference website.



Side-event “Joining hands to help achieve SDGs 6 and 14 - a win-win for freshwater and oceans”


On Wednesday 7th of June, 2017, UN-Water, UN-Oceans and the Action Platform for Source-to-Sea Management co-organized a side-event on the close relation for freshwater and oceans that would come through achieving SDG 6 and SDG 14.


The Sustainable Development Goals represent an integrated and indivisible agenda. Efforts to achieve SDG 14, the goal dedicated to protect and conserve the oceans, have to be undertaken in collaboration with multi-stakeholder approach, including the many stakeholders who operate far upstream from coasts and oceans. There are two UN inter-agency mechanisms to strengthen coordination of United Nations system activities related to freshwater and ocean/coastal issues - UN-Water and UN-Oceans. Their members and partner organizations jointly gather knowledge on most water and ocean-related challenges facing the world today.


This event presented priority areas as identified by UN-Water and UN-Oceans and discussed how the UN System and its partners can support Member States and other relevant stakeholders in achieving the SDG 14. The event especially focused on those aspects that are dependent upon actions upstream, and what type of relations and conversations are needed to instill such action. The event explored how the implementation of the SDG 6 could contribute to achieving SDG 14, identified opportunities for collaboration and provided recommendations to UN agencies and partners to support coordinated SDG implementation.


AquaFed as Partner of UN-Water participated in the panel discussion, presenting private water operators messages and best practices.


Please see and download the summary of the side event here.



AquaFed´s plenary speech at the Oceans Conference



AquaFed Executive Director, Jack Moss. delivered a speech at the plenary of the UN Ocean conference on Friday 9th of June, 2017. He rased the importance of the connection of landbased and ocean pollution, of freshwater and saltwater. Please follow his speech on UN TV starting at timecode 2:38:20 here.




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    Attached Ressources

    • Media kit | 23/06/17 | 7-9 June 2017 - UN Oceans Conference
    • Media kit | 23/06/17 | 7th June, 2017. Summary of the Ocean Conference official side-event “Joining hands to help achieve SDGs 6 and 14 – A win-win for freshwater and oceans”