Fostering multi-stakeholder partnerships and regional cooperation for SDG14 – Official side event at the UN Ocean Conference, Lisbon

29/06/2022 - 2:30 - 3:45

Lisbon, Altice Arena, Side Event Room 1 - Registration is not required but we advise our guests to arrive promptly.

Background and objectives

Multi-stakeholder partnerships and regional ocean governance are cornerstones for the conservation and sustainable use of the ocean. Considering the intense and growing pressure on ocean ecosystems, accelerated ocean action is needed at all scales, from the global to local level. Regional cooperation is in a unique position to facilitate connection between global policy commitments to national and local implementation.

This side event will highlight successful examples of regional cooperation, such as collaborative MPAs, for protecting marine biodiversity, fighting pollution, and mitigating climate change thus contributing to the 30×30 target. It will provide a forum to share lessons-learned from different marine regions, showcase solutions and explore challenges and opportunities faced in implementing SDG 14. Conclusions from the side event will inform discussions on regional ocean action at the UN Ocean Conference.


1. Welcome

  • Tatjana Hema, UNEP/MAP (Moderator) on behalf of host organisations
2. Opening remarks 

Including possible announcement of new Voluntary Commitments

  • H. E. Blažka Kepic, Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to Portuguese Republic
  • Oliviero Montanaro, Ministry for Ecological Transition, Italy
  • Honourable Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius (recorded statement)
3. Panel discussion: Multi-stakeholder partnerships and regional cooperation for accelerating SDG 14 implementation

  • Mitja Bricelj, Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, Slovenija
  • Khalil Attia, Director of UNEP-MAP Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC-SPA)
  • Dr. Barbara Neumann, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS Potsdam)
  • Prof. Alex Rogers, University of Oxford

Invited call-ins from HELCOM, OECD and others

4. Discussion with the audience
5. Concluding remarks

  • Thomas Klein, Head of Department · Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management
  • Closing by Tatjana Hema on behalf of co-organisers


Organising Partners

  • Government of Slovenija, Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning
  • Italy Ministry for Ecological Transition
  • Government of Mauritius
  • Ministry of Environment, Government of Sweden
  • Partnership for Regional Ocean Governance (IASS, IDDRI, TMG)

Collaborating Partners

  • The Mediterranean Action Plan of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP/MAP)
  • Germany
  • OECD
  • Nairobi Convention

All side events in connection with the 2022 UN Ocean Conference can be found here.