There have been many key ocean moments in 2022, including progress on anti-DSM efforts, a ground-breaking CITES vote for shark protection, the first formal step towards a Global Plastics Treaty, and a WTO agreement on fisheries subsidies, to name a few.
We leave 2022 without a High Seas Treaty, and with the 30×30 target for the ocean at risk. Next year brings the opportunity to secure more, including a robust High Seas Treaty, progress on creating MPAs, and the start of a ratification campaign to halt the threat of deep-sea mining and further gains for species protection. There are fewer high profile moments for the ocean in 2023 and we will have to communicate and campaign harder to maintain the ocean’s profile. However, we are building on firmer foundations than has previously been the case.
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Here are the meetings, conferences and opportunities that we know are on the agenda for 2023:
- DAVOS World Economic Forum Annual Meeting: 16-20 January 2023
- Fifth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5): February 3-9 2023
- Fifth-Bis BBNJ Intergovernmental Conference (IGC5bis): February 20-March 3 2023
- World Ocean Summit: February 27-March 1 2023
- Our Ocean Panama: March 2-3 2023
- The 58th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 58): March 13-17 2023
- 28th International Seabed Authority (ISA) Council: March 16-31 2023, July 10-21 2023
- Ocean Visions Biennial Summit: April 4-6 2023
- Tenth session for the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform (IPBES10): April 10-16 2023
- G7 Climate Ministers Meeting: April 15, 2023
- G7 Summit: April 19-21 2023
- 78th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 78): September 12-30 2023
- Sustainable Development Goals Summit: September 20-21 2023
- COP28: November 30-December 12, 2023