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SEAFDEC attends the Ocean Conference in UN, New York

Meeting between Dr. Kom Silapajarn (right), Dr. Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the UN Environment (center), and Dr. Jamil Ahmad, Deputy Director of the UN Environment (left)

Dr. Kom Silapajarn, the Secretary-General of SEAFDEC, together with Mr. Christopher Patterson, Project Director of the SEAFDEC/UNEP/GEF/Fisheries Refugia and Dr. Somboon Siriraksophon, Policy and Program Coordinator of SEAFDEC attended the high-level United Nations Conference on the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development which was convened at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day, to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. The Conference aimed to be the game changer that will reverse the decline in the health of our ocean for people, planet and prosperity through the adoption of a “Call for Action” by consensus a concise, focused, intergovernmentally agreed declaration to support the implementation of Goal 14. In addition, the Conference presented a timely opportunity for networking with donors such as the UN Environment regarding several initiatives presently under formulation, including those under the Green Climate Fund (GCF). As of 3 July 2017, a total of 1,393 Voluntary commitments for The Ocean Conference are the initiatives that voluntarily undertaken by Governments, the United Nations system, other intergovernmental organizations, international and regional financial institutions, non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations, academic and research institutions, the scientific community, the private sector, philanthropic organizations and other actors – individually or in partnership – that aim to contribute to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. SEAFDEC, as leader in promotion of sustainable fisheries development in Southeast Asian region, also voluntarily committed its existing programs to support the UN SDG 14.