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"The ocean connects us all. Sadly, we have taken the ocean for granted, and today we face what I would call an ‘Ocean Emergency’.” See the highlights of day 1 to help you explore more about the Conference.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged the international community to commit and unite around the protection and preservation of our seas at the high-level opening of the UN Ocean Conference 2022, where he was joined by heads of State and Government together with leaders from the private sector, the scientific community and other partners.

During the
plenary session in the morning, delegations shared their country's views, actions and proposals to address challenges facing the ocean. The interactive dialogue in the afternoon focused on addressing marine pollution.



  • At the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon on Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged the international community to commit and unite around the protection and preservation of our seas. Read more in EnglishPortuguese
  • Speaking at the high-level opening of the Conference, Mr. Guterres outlined four recommendations to ensure that the tide is reversed, including: invest in sustainable ocean economies; replicate ocean success; protect the people; and more science and innovation.
    Read the statement and watch the speech here.
  • Movie star and ocean activist, Jason Momoa was designated the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Advocate for Life Below Water today at the UN Ocean conference. He will use his voice to help increase awareness of the urgency to #SaveOurOcean. Watch here
  • On the first day of the UN Ocean Conference, a panel of experts met to discuss the marine pollution issue, focusing on finding solutions. Riding on the global momentum generated by the event, experts are pushing for a new international commitment to combat pollution, including at sea. Read more.

Find out more on this post: "UN Ocean Conference opens with call for urgent action to tackle ocean emergency."