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EMB at the UN Ocean Conference

The 2022 of the UN Ocean Conference will be taking place on 27 June - 1 July, in Lisbon, Portugal. As an accredited organization, EMB will be represented in person by Executive Director Sheila Heymans, Science Officer Britt Alexander, and EMB Young Ambassadors Rebecca Zitoun and Juliette Aminian Biquet. 

The 2022 UN Ocean Conference is co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal and will feature official plenary sessions as well as in person and online side events. The full official programme is available here and the side event programmes are available here.

EMB will be represented at the conference by both Secretariat members and Ambassadors, and is involved in the organization of several official side events:


EMB has also been invited to speak at several side events:


In addition, EMB has been officially invited to attend:

  • Digital Ocean Systems to Support and Strengthen Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (27 June, 18:45 WEST / 19:45 CEST, in person (invitation only)), which will describe the decision-making support tools that will be made possible by new digital ocean analysis and prediction systems and will initiate an inter-community dialogue about the Ocean information that States need to support SDG policies and actions in food security, economic development, climate, and disaster risk reduction;
  • The Launch of Ireland’s ‘Our Shared Ocean’ Programme and 80 Years of Ireland-Portugal Relations reception (29 June, 13:30-14:30 WEST / 14:30-15:30 CEST, in person (invitation only)) on board the Irish Naval Service vessel L.E. George Bernard Shaw.


The EMB was  invited to make a formal intervention in the Plenary meeting.

The University of Brest (UBO), an EMB member via the French Universites Marines Consortium, mobilized its partner networks, including the EMB University Consortium Panel (UCP), to initiate a joint effort of early career researchers for the One Ocean Summit in Brest (February 2022). Following this, more than sixty PhD students and postdoctoral researchers from different nationalities and disciplines worked together to propose a common vision of the challenges and opportunities for research and research training in marine sciences. They aim to present this call for action during the Conference. You can read the full call for action here.

You can follow live social media posting during the week from Lisbon on our Twitter and Instagram accounts.