From June 24-26, 2022, the governments of Portugal and Kenya and the UN Global Compact will organize the UN Ocean Conference Youth and Innovation Forum, in cooperation with CEiiA, Cascais, Nova School of Business and Economics (Nova SBE), SOA, and with support from UN DESA.
The Forum is an opportunity for youth to contribute to the implementation of SDG 14 in alignment with the 2022 UN Ocean Conference theme: Scaling up ocean action based on science and innovation for the implementation of Goal 14: stocktaking, partnerships and solutions.
The Forum will be a platform for ocean action and implementing youth-led solutions at scale to address SDG 14 targets. The Forum will seek to advance and inspire interdisciplinary thinking to address ocean challenges.
Feature youth-led solutions that address 2020 SDG 14 targets and propel the implementation of the 2030 Agenda
Provide training, mentorship, investor connections, and networking within the public and private sectors to help young entrepreneurs and innovators scale their ideas and maximize impact
Highlight the importance of a science-driven approach to businesses and policies that propel ocean action and innovation
Engage young leaders as key drivers for change
Give youth the opportunity to contribute to the UN Ocean Conference political process by facilitating input to the eight interactive dialogues
Participants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Background: the extent to which the nominee’s area of focus professionally, academically, or in his/her civic engagement is relevant to the SDG14 targets
Vision: the extent to which the nominee’s current work aligns with the goals and values of the youth forum
Ocean Impact: the amount of impact the nominee’s current and previous work has had on an area of the ocean sector. This will be evaluated in terms of number of people reached, geographic area covered, scale of operations, impact on legislation etc.
Scalability: can the nominee’s work be scaled to new audiences, geographies, or sectors
Leadership: the applicant must demonstrate examples of leadership through projects or initiatives and/or attendance at other major events and forums.