OEF Introduces New Workshop to Advance Progress on SDGs

Innovation in Partnerships for SDG14

FEBRUARY 9, 2017—BROOMFIELD, Colo.— The International Peace Institute (IPI), One Earth Future (OEF), the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations, and the World Ocean Council will host an Innovation in Partnerships workshop, entitled “SDG 14: Life Below Water.” The event, featuring a World Café format, takes place at the International Peace Institute in New York on February 13, and will include remarks by H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, president of the Seventy-First General Assembly of the United Nations.

The inaugural Innovation in Partnerships workshop, co-hosted by Secure Fisheries, a program of One Earth Future, will focus on effectively managing seafood harvesting, ending overfishing, and combating IUU fishing and destructive fishing practices as set forth in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 14.

“The oceans play an essential role in food and economic security,” says Robert Mazurek, director of OEF’s Secure Fisheries program. That’s why it is imperative that we meet the sustainability goals of SDG 14 by the year 2030 and ensure that we protect the livelihoods of coastal communities worldwide.”

The workshop provides a platform for member states, UN officials, civil society, and private sector representatives to collaboratively advance the progress of SDG 14 which promotes the conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal ecosystems, prevents marine pollution and increases the economic benefits from the sustainable use of marine resources. 

According to Maureen Connolly, director of global events for OEF and Secure Fisheries: “The Innovation in Partnerships gathering is designed to bring stakeholders together to form new and effective partnerships that will move us closer to fulfilling SDG 14 through unique collaborations focused on collective impact.”

Outcomes from the meeting will begin to define the themes and partnership dialogues for the UN High Level Conference: The Ocean Conference to be held in June.

For more information please contact Debra Havins of One Earth Future at 303-533-1712 or dhavins@oneearthfuture.org.

About One Earth Future:

OEF is a self-funded, private operating foundation seeking to create a more peaceful world through collaborative, data-driven initiatives. We focus on enhancing maritime cooperation, creating sustainable jobs in fragile economies and our research actively contributes to thought leadership on global issues.

Secure Fisheries is an OEF programs whose mission is to help East African communities build sustainable fishing practices, improve food and economic security and combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).