Side Event for the 2022 UN Oceans Conference

Delegates attending  United Nations Ocean Conference (UNOC) are warmly invited to participate in the Side Event titled 'Empowering Women: An Ocean of Opportunities in Science, Policy and Blue Economy'. The Side Event is scheduled to take place from 10:00-11:15 on 28 June 2022 in Side Event Room 1 at the Altice Arena. The primary co-sponsors of the Side Event are the World Maritime University–Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute; International Maritime Organization; International Seabed Authority; Government of Antigua and Barbuda; Sailors for the Sea Japan; and Leading Women for the Ocean.

The ocean is at a critical stage that needs all aspects of society to make radical changes to their activities to achieve sustainable management and development. It has been widely acknowledged that women continued to be under-represented in the field of ocean actions, particularly in decision-making roles in ocean science, policy-making, and blue economy. 


The Side Event will contribute to the thematic interactive dialogues topic 8 of the UN Ocean Conference, namely leveraging interlinkages between Sustainable Development Goal 14 Life Below Water and Goal 5 Achieve Gender Equality and Empower all Women and Girls. By advocating for increasing women’s participation and leadership at all levels, the Event will highlight on maximizing human potential and presenting the added value of women’s representation in sustainability and ocean conservation, and human resources management, efficiency and sufficiency. It will also facilitate  the establishment of a wide range of dynamic partnerships to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of the ocean and its resources for the benefit of all humankind.

The Side Event features senior representatives from the national government, international organizations, research institutions, as well as private philanthropy in the field of women’s empowerment and leadership for ocean affairs. 

Venue: Side Event Room 1, Altice Arena

Time: 10:00-11:15 am, Tuesday 28 June 2022

Registration is not required.

For the event Programme and biographies, click here.