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Stanford at the UN Ocean Conference

Stanford at the United Nations Ocean Conference

The second United Nations Ocean Conference, co-hosted by the governments of Kenya and Portugal, will take place from June 27 – July 1, 2022 in Lisbon. As the official United Nations venue for convening ocean leaders, the event brings together non-governmental organizations, universities, entrepreneurs, and delegates from Member States to deliver on the targets for Sustainable Development Goal 14, which aims to conserve and sustainably use the ocean.

There are hopes that this event will mark a new era for the ocean by acccelerating science-based solutions for global action. The Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions (COS) will contribute to discussions on blue food, the blue economy, blue carbon, sustainable aquaculture, illegal fishing, mangrove and seagrass ecosystems and the Ocean Decade. COS attendees include Co-director Jim Leape, Research Scientist Michelle Tigchelaar, Research Assistant Katie Thompson, and André Hoffmann Ocean Innovation Fellows Alfredo Girón-Nava and Josheena Naggea. View event updates below and explore how our latest research contributes to this year’s conference program.

Conference highlights

Blue Talks: Towards UNOC

Experts from Stanford and beyond discuss their hopes for how the conference will accelerate action towards SDG 14.

The Future of Food is Blue

COS and the United States join a new multi-sectoral Aquatic Blue Food Coalition formally launched at the UN Ocean Conference.

Portraits of Change

A new video series launched in Lisbon highlights how policymakers can support small-scale fisheries and aquaculture.

The Ocean Decade

On June 30, COS Fellow Alfredo Girón-Nava will speak at an event about the goals of the UN Ocean Decade (2021 – 2030).

Next at the Helm

Achieving conference goals will require bridging early career ocean professionals with the current generation of leadership.

Redefining Sustainability

COS Co-director Fiorenza Micheli calls on policymakers to redefine sustainability in the blue food sector.

UN Ocean Conference 2022

Related research

The Blue Food Assessment

Bringing together over 100 researchers from around the world, the Assessment supports decision-makers in evaluating opportunities and addressing challenges in the blue food sector through peer-reviewed research and science-based policy recommendations. The Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions is among the lead science partners. 

Evaluating Risk in Seafood Supply Chains

A new report outlines how ocean data transparency can enable seafood companies to eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing from their supply chains and instead choose sustainable and ethical products.

Welcoming the Oceans Department

The Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, launching September 1, recently announced the creation of an Oceans Department. The new academic unit will bring together faculty across main campus and Hopkins Marine Station to focus on ocean sustainability and discovery.