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Future Earth at the UN Ocean Conference

See a statement from Future Earth on the need for an Ocean Knowledge-Action Network.

Future Earth will take part in several events at the United Nations Ocean Conference, which will be held in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017. This major event focuses on how the world can meet the ambitions of Sustainable Development Goal 14, a series of international targets for improving ocean health. The conference, which will bring together leaders from government, research, civil society and more, includes dialogues, exhibitions and side events. 

For more information about the Ocean Conference and how you can get involved, visit the event website.

Representatives from Future Earth will attend the conference and are helping to organise two side events:

Presentation of a new Ocean Knowledge-Action Network (KAN), a partnership between Future Earth, the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic commission of Unesco and the World Climate Research Program – uniting researcher and stakeholder over making science more relevant and impactful.
7 June 2017; 1000-1130
German Pavilion

The Ocean Knowledge-Action Network will provide an innovative, multi-stakeholder platform to stimulate and accelerate new partnerships for knowledge generation and implementation in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.

For more information, contact Anke Schneider.

The get involved in the Ocean KAN, please contact

Combining Stakeholder Knowledge to Promote Innovation and Transformative Actions in Support of Sustainable Development Goal 14
9 June 2017; 1100-1230
Conference Room B in the UN Conference Building.

This event is organised by University College Dublin, Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean" – GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and Kiel University, Future Earth and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

For more information, contact Anke Schneider.

Ocean Literacy: What’s needed to fully implement SGD14? 
9 June 2017; 1100-1230
Conference Room A in the UN Conference Building

In this session jointly convened by Future Earth, the International Council for Science (ICSU), the Earth Journalism Network/UC Berkeley and the New School’s Journalism & Design Programme, we will facilitate a dialogue between science and the media on why and how to improve ocean literacy. It will include a broad range of world leading communicators from TED, the New School, Earth Journalism Network and Cornell University who will focus on the challenges of communicating ocean health.

Speakers for this event include:

  • Dr Amelia Greiner Safi, Senior Research Associate, Department of Communication, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University
  • Allison Lichter Joseph, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Design, The New School
  • David Biello, TED Science Curator
  • James Fahn, Executive Director, Earth Journalism Network. Lecturer, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

For more information, contact Alistair Scrutton.