IMO at the UN Ocean Conference


UN Ocean Conference

Lisbon, Portugal | 27 June to 1 July 2022

IMO has participated in the UN Ocean Conference.

As the United Nations agency responsible for developing and adopting measures to improve the safety and security of international shipping and to prevent pollution from ships, and for the prevention of pollution by dumping of waste at sea, IMO has an integral role in meeting the targets set out in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. 

IMO's work is also linked to many other SDGs too, for example SDG 13 on climate action, since the oceans are impacted by increasing carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from human activities, but also SDGs 6 and 9, aiming at a sustainable society, with infrastructure, transportation and waste management that can support societies now and into the future. 

IMO participation in Side Events at UN Ocean Conference 

Event Organizer Day/time Location Further information
“Global partnerships: Strengthening SDG 14 efforts in the shipping and fisheries sectors through a science-based, multi-tiered approach” International Maritime Organization (IMO) et al (see flyer) Tuesday 28 June 2022, 14:30-15:45Side Event Room 2 Please see the event flyer here
“Ocean-based climate solutions in action – decarbonizing shipping and building a clean, resilient maritime sector” UN Global Compact, United States, United Kingdom et al Monday 27 June, 11:30-12:45 Altice Arena, Blue Zone, Interactive Dialogue Room
More information here
Watch the full event here
"Blueing the Paris Agreement"France, UNFCCC, Ocean & Climate Platform
Monday 27 June, 13.00-14.15Side Event Room 2More information here 
“Joining the dots between
sustainable maritime logistics and
planetary boundaries”
Sweden, Finland, UNCTAD and NGOs
Tuesday 28 June, 10:00-11:15 Committee Room of the Conference More information here and here
Watch the full event here
“Empowering women for the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development” WMU Tuesday 28 June, 10:00-11:15 Room 1 More information here and here
"Addressing marine plastic pollution: partnerships across science & technology can build capacities and lead to systems innovation" IAEATuesday 28 June, 11:30-12:45
Altice ArenaMore information here
"Leveraging South-South and triangular cooperation to advance the Blue Economy Agenda in SIDS"UNOSSCWednesday 29 June, 9:00 amVirtualMore information here
“Reduce Ocean Noise and Save Our Ocean”Coalition Clean Baltic (CCB), OceanCare, Sweden, Germany, Spain, BelgiumWednesday 29 June, 11:30-12:45Outside Blue Zone Ocean Base Camp, Marina building, Parque das NaçõesMore information here
“Scaling up ocean action through inter-agency cooperation coordination: Case studies, challenges and opportunities”UN-Oceans, DOALOSWednesday 29 June 2022, 16:00-17:15Altice Arena, side event room 1More information here
“Promoting and strengthening sustainable ocean-based economies, through regional cooperation on maritime decarbonization (focus: Africa)”  Kenya 
Wednesday 29 June 2022, 17:30-18:45 Side event room 1 More information here
Watch the full event here
“Marine Cloud Brightening- a governance dilemma”  Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, GESAMP Friday 1 July, 12:00-13:15Virtual More information here

IMO participation in Special Events

Event Participation Day/time Location Further information
Interactive Dialogue on addressing Marine Pollution IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim Monday 27 June 3:00 to 6:00 pm
Watch the full event here
High-Level Meeting on Ocean and Climate in Lisbon, Portugal.  From Lisbon to Sharm el-Sheikh: Accelerating Ocean-Based Climate SolutionsIMO Secretary-General Kitack LimMonday 27 June, 17:30-19:00Palácio de XabregasTo Follow
Special event on a Sustainable Blue Economy IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim Tuesday 28 June, 17:00-18:00 Panel in the Sustainable Blue Economy Special event Estoril Congr. Center                      
More information here and here
High level dinner dialogue: CBD

Mr. Arsenio Dominguez, Director, Marine Environment Division 

Thursday 30 June, 8:30 pm


To Follow

Revitalising the oceans

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Further information

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