Our Ocean 2019 programme concept

Our future depends on clean and healthy oceans, where protection and sustainable use go hand in hand. The oceans have a crucial role to play if we are to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, but are under threat from the effects of climate change, pollution, loss of biodiversity and unsustainable use. Safeguarding the oceans for future generations is a shared responsibility and a matter of global urgency.

At Our Ocean 2019 we will highlight the importance of knowledge as the basis of our actions and policies to ensure protection of our oceans, responsible management of marine resources and sustainable future economic growth.

The conference will bring together leaders from governments, businesses, civil society and research institutions to share their experience, identify solutions and commit to action for clean, healthy and productive oceans.

Mission: The conference will build partnerships between government, industry, science and civil society, putting knowledge, technology and finance into action to meet the challenges facing the ocean and enable protection and sustainable use to go hand in hand so that the ocean can continue to provide for the needs of future generations.

Vision: A conference to learn, share and act for clean, healthy and productive oceans.

23 October 2019, 09.00 – 17.00


Taking action on climate change

Taking action on ocean pollution

Taking action on overfishing and challenges in fisheries governance

24 October 2019, 09.00 – 17.00

Food and livelihoods from the ocean

Building a sustainable ocean economy

Promoting and protecting healthy and productive oceans

Closing and handover ceremony

Please note that the programme is subject to change, and will be updated continuously up to the conference.