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UN Ocean Conference Side Event on Innovations

Despite some progress, the world’s oceans continue to face multidimensional crises driven by overfishing, pollution, habitat loss, invasive species & climate change. Much needs to be done to achieve the 2030 Ocean Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. The challenge remains that among the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), SDG 14 is estimated to receive the lowest level of investment, only averaging $1.3 billion per year.  

The governments of Kenya and Portugal are co-hosting the 2022 Ocean Conference from 27 June to 1 July 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal to identify ways and means to support the implementation of SDG 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development) under the backdrop of “the Ocean Decade 2021-2030”.   

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD), and the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF) of the Republic of Korea (ROK) join forces to co-organize a side event with a focus on finding solutions to marine plastic and other pollution issues at the global and national level. 

UNDP logoUNOSD logoMinistry of Oceans and Fisheries, Republic of Korea


This event will take place in-person in Lisbon at the Conference venue (Altice Arena) with Livestream. Whether attending on-site or online, we encourage you to REGISTER HERE.

Kindly take note that the co-organizers will not be able to provide sponsorship for in-person participation in Lisbon.



Stop the source of pollutionThis high-level event aims to: 

  • share up-to-date scientific findings on marine plastic pollution and increase understanding of the status and the impacts of plastic on the ocean; 

  • present examples of science-based solutions to combat marine plastic problems as well as innovative, entrepreneurial and creative approaches and technologies in action; 

  • discuss transformative approaches to addressing marine plastic pollution at the global and national level; and 

  • inspire and encourage individuals, organizations, the public and business sectors as well as industries to put forward and cultivate new ideas and incubate and invest in disruptive technologies and innovative solutions.  



Provisionary Agenda


Event moderator: Dr. Andrew Hudson, Head, UNDP Water and Ocean Governance Programme 


1630 – 1710

Opening remarks and setting the stage


Global thought leaders, experts from governments, international organizations, civil societies, and academia will deliver diverse perspectives on marine plastic pollution with science and evidence-based insights, policy and business solutions to address marine plastic challenges. 


1710 - 1740

UNDP Ocean Innovation Challenge – Applied Solutions

A panel, featuring UNDP’s first cohort of innovators working on marine pollution reduction (SDG 14.1), will tackle the innovators’ experiences and lessons learned in applying ocean innovation on the ground as well as opportunities for organizations and individuals to contribute to this effort. 

Panel Moderator: Dr. Mary Matthews, UNDP Ocean Advisor 


  • Global Plastics Policy Database – Dr. John Virdin, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University, USA 

  • Extended Producer Responsibility Scheme in the Maldives – Paolo Facco, adelphi Consult GmbH, Germany/Maldives 

  • Promoting Laws to Protect Our Oceans with the Support of Civil Society and Coastal Communities – Eduardo Leiton, Fundacion OneSea, Costa Rica 

  • Tackling microfibres at source: Investigating opportunities to reduce microfibre pollution from the fashion industry through textile design and manufacturing innovation – Ariel Muller, Forum for the Future APAC, Singapore 

  • PhosValue: Sustainable Solutions for Nutrient Recycling in Cape Verde – Jorge Santos, AquaInSilico, Portugal 

  • Nutri-algae: Novel Sustainable Algae Based Fertilizers in Mexico and Morocco - Luis Lombana, Ficosterra, Spain 

  • Fortuna Coconut Coolers – Tamara Mekler, Fortuna Cools, US and Philippines 


1740 - 1745  

Concluding Remarks 


Ms. Minna Epps, IUCN, Director of Marine and Polar Program