Setting a global ambition for the ocean we want!

The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) at the United Nations Ocean Conference

The UN Ocean Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, will take place on 27 June – 1 July 2022, in Lisbon, Portugal. The overall theme of the Conference is: “Scaling up ocean action based on science and innovation for the implementation of Goal 14: stocktaking, partnerships and solutions.”

The Ocean Decade will be present and will play a key role in the Conference by hosting important events and providing opportunities to unlock the knowledge needed to deliver the vision of the Ocean We Want.

This page will be updated regularly with more events, including official side events and events from our Ocean Decade partners so check back here soon!

High-Level Ocean Decade Alliance Event

Monday, 27 June 2022

This high-level meeting will promote interaction among Patrons and members of the Ocean Decade Alliance and potential new members. It will include a presentation of the aspirations and plans of the Decade Alliance, and allow space for announcements from individual Alliance members or groups of members on new commitments or initiatives. An official Ocean Decade publication will be launched, focused on the links between the Decade and the 2030 Agenda, also targeting SDG 14.

Please note that physical attendance at this session will be by invitation only. The event will be livestreamed. Check back soon for the programme and link.

The Ocean Decade Forum

Thursday, 30 June 2022 ⏰ 14:30 – 17:00 📍Green Zone, Ciência Viva Auditorium

The Ocean Decade Forum will convey a message of action, partnership and inclusivity, showing participants the many ways they can be part of the Decade!

Endorsed Decade Actions will be showcased, providing information on their implementation and achievements, and a wide range of partners will make announcements about exciting new commitments. This event will be both in person (200 persons maximum) and livestreamed.

Register here for in-person attendance

Check back soon for details of speakers and the livestream of the event!

Ocean Decade Actions Videos

Ocean Decade Exhibitions 🖼️

These exhibitions will bring the themes and major issues of the UN Ocean Conference out of the conference venue and into several locations throughout Lisbon City!

Creative Design Exhibition (Partners: UNEP, The Ocean Agency, Adobe)

The core exhibit material will be drawn from the Ocean Decade Creative Exhibition, and visual assets provided by other partners, including UNEP, the Ocean Agency, and Adobe.

📍 Praça do Rossio (Rossio Square) 📅 24 June – 9 July 2022


Ocean Art Gallery (Partners: Schmidt Ocean Institute, Nautilus)

Using the amazing artwork from the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s “Artist-in-Residence” Programme as well as assets from Nautilus Magazine and the Frame Store (London), this interactive exhibit will mix more classic art formats with modern representations of the ocean and its biodiversity, providing an eclectic fusion of colours, sounds, light and virtual reality.

📍 Atrium 📅 29 – 30 June 2022

Rock in Rio: Generation Ocean Concert 🎶

Sunday, 26 June 2022 ⏰ 17.30 – 23.00

The Rock in Rio Lisbon Festival will have a fully dedicated day in support of the official communications campaign of the Ocean Decade: Generation Ocean (#GenOcean)!

Before and during the concert, the evening’s programme will highlight the GenOcean campaign’s potential to harness the power of individual and collective citizen action to protect, restore, and live harmoniously with the ocean.

Following the UN Ocean Conference Youth Summit, and on the eve of the opening of the actual UN Ocean Conference, this co-branded Rock in Rio Lisbon “Generation Ocean” Concert will kick-off the UN Ocean Conference in great style and sound, bringing the major themes and issues of the conference to the heart of society.

Please click here to be taken to the Festival website for ticket information.

Training for policymakers on Blue Curriculum 📖

Tuesday, 28 June ⏰ 10:00 - 13:00 📍Ciência Viva Library

A training for educational authorities, policymakers, curriculum developers and experts on the new publication “A new blue curriculum: a toolkit for policy-maker“.

Sea Beyond Final Ceremony 🌊

Wednesday, 29 June ⏰ 11:00 - 12:30 📍Auditorium

Final Ceremony of Sea Beyond project in cooperation with PRADA. UNESCO & Prada Group have launched a competition inviting students to freely interpret (using text, graphics or interactive contents) one of the ten challenges of the Ocean Decade.

This event will celebrate the winner of the contest and have the presence of jury members, which are well-known professionals of the ocean.