Ocean Change, Climate Change and a Sustainable Future

Lorcan Mullally25th February 20192min
H.E. Peter Thomson presents the challenging developments underway in the Ocean and solutions being considered by science, civil society and governments. He conveys the perspective of Small Island Developing Countries to the challenges of Ocean change and expands on the actions that countries like Ireland can take to restore the Ocean’s health.

The Special Envoy presents the challenging developments underway in the Ocean and solutions being considered by science, civil society and governments. As a Fijian diplomat, he conveys the perspective of Small Island Developing Countries on the challenges of Ocean change and expands on the actions that countries like Ireland can take to restore the Ocean’s health.

Peter Thomson, who served as President of the General Assembly of the United Nations from September 2016 until September 2017, chose the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the topic of his Presidency that year. The Special Envoy’s prime responsibility is that of driving the implementation of SDG14, the Ocean goal of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Taken together with the Paris Climate Agreement, H.E. Peter Thomson expands on the proposition that the Sustainable Development Agenda is humanity’s best chance of long-term security on planet earth.

About the Speaker:

Peter Thomson is a Fijian diplomat who served as President of the General Assembly of the United Nations from September 2016 until September 2017. He was Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations between 2010 and 2016. In 2014, he was elected President of the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Office of Project Services (UNOPS). He was elected as President of the International Seabed Authority’s Assembly in 2011 and as President of its Council in 2015. In October 2017, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed Ambassador Thomson as the first UNSG’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, in which role he is driving the implementation of SDG14, the UN Sustainable Development Agenda’s goal to conserve and sustainably use the resources of the Ocean.