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.


12:00pm – 1:00pm

Solutions Hour

Peaceboat Ecoship

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

2.30pm – 2.50pm

The science of the ocean

Douglas McCauley - Assistant Professor Department Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara

3.00pm – 3.30pm

Actions on Illegal Fishing/ IUU launch

Peter Thomson - President Of The General Assembley

Veronika Pountcheva - Senior Vice President Corporate responsibility, Metro Group

4.00pm – 5.00pm


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

10.30am – 10.50am

Oceans & the SDGs: Why do they matter?

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

Natalia Vega-Berry - Founder, The Global Brain

11.30am –11.50am

Partnering for the Oceans

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

12.00pm – 12.15pm

4A's Resolve

Kayla O’Leary - Mindshare

Kate Franks - Momentum

Keisha Stephen-Gittens - LiveIntent

Chloe Sharfin - Edelman

Michael Sullivan - Weber Shandwick

12:15pm – 12:30pm

Help Create a Strawless Ocean

Adrian Grenier - Founder of the Lonely Whale Foundation, Actor, film maker, entrepreneur and Dell Social Good advocate

1.30pm – 1.50pm

Raising awareness among youth

Karen Sack - Managing Director at Ocean Unite

James Sternlicht - Advisory Board Member at Oceanic

2.00pm – 3.00pm


Irina Bokova - Director-General of UNESCO

Thomas Moore - Health and Science Correspondent at Sky News

4.00pm – 5.00pm

Conversation with Enric Sala

Enric Sala - National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence

11.30am – 11.50am

Communities that depend on oceans/ sustainable transportation

Dieter Paulmann - Chairman, Okeanos Foundation

Nainoa Thompson - Navigator and the president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society

12.00pm – 1.00pm

Solution Hour

1.30pm – 1.50pm

Art and the Oceans

Sid Bruce Short Joe - Artist

Brian Robinson - Artist

2.30pm – 2.50pm

Comics Uniting Nations

Bernard Chang - DC Comics artist

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

Natabara Rollosson - Co-Founder, Comics Uniting Nations

9.30am – 10.00am

Breakfast Interview (9:40 am) Business commitments

10.30am – 10.50am

View Ocean Day opening

11.30pm – 11.50pm

Civil Society engagement

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

Lisa Speer - Director, International Oceans Program at Natural Resources Defense Council

12.00pm – 12.45pm

Solutions Hour Voluntary Commitment & Announcements

1.30pm – 1.50pm

Media Hour

Richard Branson - Founder at Virgin Group

2.30pm – 3.00pm

Youth engagement/ Youth fighting against pollution

Carter Ries - Founder, One More Generation

Olivia Ries - Founder, One More Generation

Bye Bye Plastics

3.00pm – 3.15pm

Susan Rockefeller - Entrepreneur, Conservationist and Filmmaker.

3.30pm – 3.45pm

Community and Indigenous initiatives and solutions

Equator Initiative winners: - Belize - Celia Mahung, Turkey - Inci Tuney, Indonesia - Komang Astika



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