The Ocean Conference

Topic A: Sustainable Use of Marine Resources

Topic B: Application for Hosting the Second Ocean Conference

Size: 50 Delegates, Double Delegates

Rules of Procedure: Beijing Rules of Procedure

Working Language: English


The world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea. Throughout history, oceans and seas have been vital conduits for trade and transportation. Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future.

The first United Nations Ocean Conference will be convened from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with the World Oceans Day. Targeting at supporting and facilitating the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, the conference will mainly focus on the conservation of marine biodiversity and sustainable exploitation of marine resources. However, as a long-term strategy, SDG 14 has not yet promoted effective actions owing to unbalanced financial and technological distribution, inconsistent regulations and supervisions as well as insufficient institutional and intergovernmental cooperation. Marine debris, oil leakage, shortage of officials in marine sector – all these malaises are waiting to be solved. When pondering over these issues, economic, social and political issues should be all be highlighted. The committee expects delegates to come up with a delicate blueprint for sustainable development and use of marine resources. Besides, the conference will also decide the hosting of the Second Ocean Conference. During bidding for the hosting of the Conference, delegates are encouraged to seize the opportunities and actively participate in the debate.