Our Journey So Far

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June 2017 – World Ocean Conference at the United Nations, New York

Conceived by General Assembly President Peter Thomson, and co-chaired by Sweden and Fiji, the UN hosted a comprehensive week-long ocean conference devoted to SDG 14 from June 5-9, 2017.  Over 6000 world leaders from the public and private sectors attended.

In conjunction with the conference, the 10x20 steering committee presented a programme of…


June 5, 2017 – Best Available Science

This article summarizes research published on June 5, 2017 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  It represents recent science-based thinking on the value of Marine Protected Areas.



September 22, 2016 – Conference on 10X20 Initiative: Achieving the Promise to Protect the Ocean and Seas, UN Headquarters, NY

This high level event included remarks by H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson and by ministers from Italy, the Bahamas, Kenya, Poland, France, the United States, and Sweden, and from representatives of Ocean Unite, the National Geographic Society, and the Save Our Shark Coalition…


July 9, 2016 – UN Ambassadors Visit Stony Brook Southampton NY Marine Station

On Saturday July 9th, 2016, a group of United Nations ambassadors, dignitaries, and their families visited Stony Brook University's Southampton NY Marine Station for a tour of the facility and an overview of the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program (ShiRP). Ten countries, including Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Fiji, Israel, Italy, Kiribati, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Poland, and…


March 22, 2016 – Remarks of Dr. Ellen Pikitch, UN, NY

Excellencies, colleagues, and other distinguished guests.

It’s an honor to address you regarding the results of the 10 x 20 Conference that took place in Rome earlier this month.  The conference brought together 25 scientists from around the globe and diplomats representing 33 countries and succeeded in producing its two intended outcomes…


March 7-9, 2016 – Rome Conference on Marine Protected Areas: An Urgent Imperative

From March 7-9, 2016, the Government of Italy, the Ocean Sanctuary Alliance and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) organized an international conference to support the achievement of a globally agreed target to conserve at least 10% of coastal and marine areas by the year 2020…


November 18, 2015 – Terms of Reference for the Steering Committee, Italian Mission, NY

After the first meeting of the steering committee on Nov. 18, 2015, these terms of reference were circulated: 10x20 Steering Committee
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July 1, 2015 – One Ocean: Regenerating Fish Stocks, Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 14, UN Headquarters, NY

A high-level symposium “One Ocean: Regenerating Fish Stocks, Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 14” was held on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015. The symposium was co-sponsored by The Commonwealth of the Bahamas, the Republic of Poland, and the Republic of Palau…


March 5, 2015 – One Ocean: Achieving Sustainability Through Sanctuaries, UN Headquarters, NY

High-Level Symposium at the United Nations, hosted by the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the Republic of Fiji, the State of Israel, the Italian Republic, the Republic of Palau, and the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, in collaboration with the Ocean Sanctuary Alliance…