ABOUT

June 5th – 8th the SDG Media Zone welcomes media influencers, journalists, bloggers, celebrities, and high-level delegates to join the conversation, generate discussion and engage the global online community during the high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development, coinciding with World Oceans Day.

The Governments of Fiji and Sweden have the co-hosting responsibilities of the Conference. The Conference aims to be the game changer that will reverse the decline in the health of our ocean for people, planet and prosperity. It will be solutions-focused with engagement from all.

The SDG Media Zone Ocean Conference is powered by a partnership between Office of the President of the General Assembly, the Department of Public Information and the United Nations Foundation.

SCHEDULE

9:00am – 10:00am

LIVE STREAM: CULTURAL OPENING CEREMONY

Including traditional Fijian Kava Ceremony and a short opening film by Sir David Attenborough and the BBC

10:00am – 11:00am

LIVE STREAM: OPENING OF THE OCEAN CONFERENCE

11:30am – 11:50am

Why the oceans matter

Moderator: Maher Nasser - Acting UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications

Amina Mohammed - UN Deputy Secretary-General

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12:00pm – 12:30pm

Solutions Pitch: “Addressing Marine Pollution”

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12:30pm – 12:45pm

Youth panel from Ocean Project

12:45pm – 1:00pm

Splash and Bubbles, The Jim Henson Company

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1:30pm – 1:50pm

Public-private partnerships on ocean issues

Lise Kingo - Executive Director, Global Compact

Paul Holthus - President and CEO of World Ocean Council

Sturla Henriksen - CEO of the Norwegian Shipowners Association

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2:00pm – 2:20pm

Conversation with Karina Holden on Blue the Film

Moderator: Ben Malor

Karina Holden

2:30pm – 2:50pm

Underwater Industrial Revolution: what does this mean for the oceans?

Dr. Douglas McCauley - Professor of Marine Science, University of California Santa Barbara

Andrew Hudson - Head, Water and Ocean Governance Programme

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3:00pm – 3:30pm

The 2020 Tuna Traceability Declaration

Moderator: Dominic Waughray - World Economic Forum

Peter Thomson - President Of The General Assembly

Veronika Pountcheva - Senior Vice President Corporate responsibility, Metro Group

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4:00pm – 4:30pm

The Ocean Storytellers

Moderator: Todd Woody - News Deeply

Sol P. Kaho'ohalahala - former Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives from the 13th district

H.E. Marlene Moses - Nauruan Permanent Representative to the United Nations

Sebastian Yancovic Pakarati - Director at Manu Project

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4:45pm – 5:00pm

Ocean and Art

Moderator: UNEP Representative

Wyland - Marine Life Artist

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9.00am – 9.30am

"The SDGs: Maritime Opportunities - The Report and the Open Ocean Data Initiative"

Moderator: Bjørn Haugland - DNVGL

Sturla Henriksen - CEO Norwegian Shipowners’ Association

Jon Erik Reinhardsen - CEO PGS

Kitack Lim - IMO, Secretary General

Lise Kingo - CEO and Executive Director, UN Global Compact

Mr. Vidar Helgesen - Minister of Environment and Climate

Ambassador Macharia Kamau - Kenya

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10:30am – 10:50am

Cities, climate change and the oceans

Moderator: Dan Thomas - Spokesperson for the President of the United Nations General Assembly

Co-Moderator: Tamara Gisiger - Aged 11, NYC student

Dan Zarrilli - Senior Director, Climate Policy and Programs | Chief Resilience Officer at NYC Office of the Mayor

Natalia Vega-Berry - Founder, The Global Brain

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11:15am –11:30am

Partnering for the Oceans

Moderator: Charles Goddard - The Economist

Andrew Hudson - Head, Water & Ocean Governance Programme at UNDP

Piyush Bhargava - Vice President, Global Operations, Dell Technologies

Craig Starger - Research Scientist at School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Colorado State University

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11:30am - 11:40am

A Message From Bologna To The SDG Media Zone Ocean

Gian Luca Galletti - Minister of the Environment

Lucia Grenna - Programme Manager, Connect4Climate

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11:45am - 12:05pm

The strawless ocean initiative

Moderator: Maher Nasser - Acting UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications

Adrian Grenier - UN Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador

Erik Solheim - Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme

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12:10pm – 12:25pm

Advertising industry raising awareness for oceans

Moderator: Al Benoit - Industry Education Liaison 4A’s

Kayla O’Leary - Mindshare

Kate Franks - Momentum

Keisha Stephen-Gittens - LiveIntent

Chloe Sharfin - Edelman

Michael Sullivan - Weber Shandwick

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12:30pm – 1:00pm

Solutions Pitch: Managing, Conserving, Protecting & Restoring Marine & Coastal Ecosystems AND Minimizing & Addressing Ocean Acidification

Melody Brenna - Reef Life Foundation Vienna Saccomanno, Global Ocean Refuge (Marine Conservation Institute)

Vienna Saccomanno - Global Ocean Refuge (Marine Conservation Institute)

Veronika Pountcheva - METRO AG Wholesale & Food Specialist Company

Dr Carol Turley - Plymouth Marine Laboratory

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1:30pm – 1:50pm

Raising awareness among youth

Moderator: Emily Siegel - Fusion

Karen Sack - Managing Director at Ocean Unite

James Sternlicht - Advisory Board Member at Oceanic

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2:15pm – 2:50pm

Does the ocean need more science or more action?

Moderator: David Eades - BBC News

Irina Bokova - Director-General of UNESCO

Thomas Moore - Health and Science Correspondent at Sky News

Peter Thomson - President of the UN General Assembly

Erik Solheim - Executive Director,UN Environment Programme

Peter Haugan - Chair of IOC-UNESCO

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3:00pm – 3:20pm

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology: Trailblazing the Future of Mobility

Moderator: Claudia Gonzalez Romo

Rommel Momen - Manager of the Toyota Mirai

Simon Bennett - Director Policy and External Relations, The International Chamber of Shipping

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4:00pm – 4:20pm

Conversation with Enric Sala (National Geographic Explorer in residence)

Moderator: Nicolas Ibarguen - Fusion

Enric Sala - Marine biologist & ocean communicator

9:30am – 9:50am

Live conversation with SDG Media Zone Bologna

Dan Thomas - Spokesperson for the President of the United Nations General Assembly

Lucia Grenna - Programme Manager, Connect4Climate

Louie Psihoyos - Film/Director and Photographer

Andrea Braccialarghe - Managing Director USA, Building Energy

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10:30am – 10:50am

Youth and the Marine Environment

Moderator: Danni Washington - Ocean Advocate and Freelance TV Host

Students Lauren Salitan and Cyd Bloomfield - The Harbor School & One Billion Oyster Project

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11:30am – 11:50am

Supporting communities that depend on oceans

Moderator: Danni Washington - Ocean Advocate and Freelance TV Host

Dieter Paulmann - Chairman, Okeanos Foundation for the Sea with video presentation

Tommy Remengesau - President of Palau

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12:00pm – 12:30pm

Solutions Pitch: Making Fisheries Sustainable & Increasing economic benefits to SIDS and LDCs and providing access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets

Brett Jenks - Rare ($100M commitment)

Ingrid Giskes - Global Ghost Gear Initiative

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12:40pm – 1:00pm

Youth advocates for the oceans

Moderator: Nicolas Ibarguen - Fusion

Cody Simpson - Musician and UNDP Advocate

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1:30pm – 1:50pm

Art and the Oceans

Moderator: Paulina Kubiak

Sid Bruce Short Joe - Artist

Brian Robinson - Artist

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2:30pm – 2:50pm

Comics Protecting Life Below Water

Moderator: Sean Southey - CEO, PCI Media

Bernard Chang - DC Comics artist

Debbie Margolis Horowitz - Creator/Writer, Annie Sunbeam & Friends

Olav Kjorven - Director of Partnerships, UNICEF

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3:00pm – 3:20pm

How do we tackle plastic marine pollution?

Moderator: David Biello - Science curator TEDtalks

Dr. Marcus Eriksen - Director of Research, 5 Gyres Institute

Karen Raubenheimer - Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS)

Douglas Woodring - Co-founder of Ocean Recovery Alliance

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4:00pm – 4:25pm

Connecting Policy to People

Moderator: David Biello - Science curator TEDtalks

Trammell S. Crow - EarthX

Sylvia Earle - Mission Blue

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9:00am - 9:15am

Live to Bologna Blue Prize Award

Dan Thomas - Spokesperson for the President of the United Nations General Assembly

Max Edkins - Strategic Communications, Connect4Climate

Charlotte de Fontaubert - World Bank

Juwang Zhu - Director of the Division for Sustainable Development

9:15am - 9:30am

Live conversation with SDG Media Zone Bologna

Dan Thomas - Spokesperson for the President of the United Nations General Assembly

Tommy Remengesau - President of Palau

Max Edkins - Strategic Communications, Connect4Climate

Mariasole Bianco - Environmental Scientist

Simona Masina - Director of the Department of Ocean Modelling and Data Simulation of the Euro Mediterranean Centre

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9:40am – 10:00am

What the business community is doing for the oceans?

Moderator: Jose Maria Figueres - Chair of Ocean Unite

Sandra Main - Global Brand President, - La Mer

Tim Coombes - Founder, Bionic Yarn

Michael J. Kowalski - Chairman of the board of Tiffany & Co

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10:00am – 11:00am

Ocean Day Opening Screening

11:30pm – 11:50pm

Role of civil society in caring for the health of the oceans

Moderator: Gail Gailee - Radio Everyone

Maria Damanaki - Global Managing Director for Oceans at The Nature Conservancy

Lisa Speer - Director, International Oceans program, NRDC (Natural Resources Defence Council, not Founder of Bionic Yarn.)

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12:00pm – 12:30pm

Solutions Hour: technology, innovation & partnerships to catalyze solutions for the ocean

Andy Rogan & Iain Kerr - Ocean Alliance, SnotBot drones for whale research

Matt Mulrennan - XPRIZE

Douglas Meyer - The Ocean Project

Jacqueline Gautier-Debernardi - Monegasque Association for the Protection of Nature

Suzanne Maxx - World Team Now

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12:30pm – 12:45pm

Chasing Coral: Film preview and Q&A

Jeff Orlowski - Exposure Labs

Zack Rago - Teens4Oceans

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12:45pm – 1:00pm

Building A Wave of Support

Alexandra Richards - Project Zero

Eric Porterfield - United Nations Foundation

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1:30pm – 1:40pm

Avaaz petition handover: 1 million signatures to protect 30% of our Ocean

Sir Richard Branson - Founder of the Virgin Group

Peter Thomson - The President of the UN General Assembly

Emma Ruby-Sachs - Deputy Director of Avaaz

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1:40pm – 1:50pm

The Role of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs in Saving the Ocean

Moderator: Sherwin Bryce-Pease - SABC

Sir Richard Branson - Founder of the Virgin Group

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2:30pm – 2:50pm

Youth against ocean pollution

Moderator: Karan Jerath - Young Leader for the SDGs

Carter Ries - Founder, One More Generation

Olivia Ries - Founder, One More Generation

Melati and Isabel - Bye Bye Plastics

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3:00pm – 3:15pm

Conversation with Susan Rockefeller

Susan Rockefeller - Entrepreneur, Conservationist and Filmmaker.

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3:30pm – 3:45pm

Community and Indigenous initiatives and solutions

Moderator: Rocio Franco Riveros - UN Radio

Equator Initiative winners:

Celia Mahung (Belize) - Toledo Institute for Development and Environment

Inci Tuney (Turkey) - Mediterranean Conservation Society

Josefa Delainauluvatu Cinavilakeba (Fiji) - Fiji locally-managed Marine Area Network

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4:00pm – 4:20pm

Threat into thread: Commitments to Save the Oceans

Moderator: Charles Goddard - The Economist

Dr. Mohamed Shainee - Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, Maldives

Cyrill Gutsch - Founder, Parley for the Oceans

Eric Liedtke - Executive Board Member (Global Brands), Adidas

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4:30pm – 5:00pm

Wrap-up

Moderator: Maher Nasser - Acting UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications

Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden

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SPEAKERS

Adrian Grenier

Founder of the Lonely Whale Foundation

Andrew Hudson

Head, Water & Ocean Governance Programme at UNDP

Cody Simpson

Singer/Songwriter

Dan Thomas

UN General Assembly

Dan Zarrilli

Senior Director, Climate Policy and Programs | Chief Resilience Officer at NYC Office of the Mayor

Danni Washington

Ocean Advocate and Freelance TV Host

David Biello

Science curator

Dominic Waughray

Head of Public Partnerships World Economic Forum.

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