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The UNDP is organizing a high-level virtual celebration of World Oceans Day and entrepreneurship. The event will feature the first cohort of ocean innovators.

With financial support from Sida and Norad, UNDP launched the Ocean Innovation Challenge (OIC) in January 2020. The OIC is designed to identify, finance, mentor, and pilot ocean innovations that are sustainable, replicable, scalable, potentially transformational, and address poverty reduction and gender mainstreaming.

The inaugural Ocean Innovation Challenge open call for proposals focused on SDG 14, Target 14.1 Marine Pollution. The second OIC call for proposals, on sustainable fisheries closed on May 9, 2021. Following a rigorous and demanding process of internal and external review and assessment, the first cohort of UNDP Ocean Innovators was selected from over 600 applicants and covers a wide range of technological, policy, regulatory, and other innovative approaches to reducing marine pollution.

With the conversations about these innovations facilitated by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, this World Oceans Day high-level event will be a celebration of innovation, highlighting the ambitions of the innovators, exploring what inspired their groundbreaking ideas, and what it will take to put them into action. The event also aims to encourage new ocean innovators to take the next steps towards making their ideas a reality.

The event will be In English, with translation into French and Spanish.