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Marine Regional Forum

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

UN Agency


The Marine Regions Forum will take place for the first time from 30 September – 02 October 2019 in Berlin, Germany. The overarching theme of the conference is “Achieving a healthy ocean – Regional ocean governance beyond 2020”.

The conference provides a unique space for decision-makers, scientists and civil-society actors from the world’s different marine regions to discuss and showcase impactful collaborative solutions for ocean health.The purpose is to develop clear recommendations, catalyze actionable outputs, and build partnerships for stronger regional ocean governance in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, especially Sustainable Development Goal 14 “Life Below Water”.

The initiative goes back to commitments by Germany and the European Union made 2017 at the UN Ocean Conference in New York and the Our Ocean Conference in Malta respectively, announcing their support in establishing a multi-stakeholder platform for regional ocean governance. The Marine Regions Forum is a contribution to the Partnership for Regional Ocean Governance (PROG), a collaborative initiative between scientific institutions and UN Environment.


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