BCCIC Call for Delegate Applications: UN Oceans Conference

BCCIC Call for Delegate Applications: UN Oceans Conference

Lisbon, Portugal

June 2-6, 2020


The UN General Assembly, through resolution 73/292, decided to convene the 2020 United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. The overarching 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 Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, comes at a critical time as the world is strengthening its efforts to mobilize, create and drive solutions to realize the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. As one of the first milestones of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ newly launched Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals, the Conference will propel much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action.

BCCIC wishes to host a delegation to the Ocean Conference in Lisbon. Participants from all sectors working on ocean-related topics are encouraged to apply. Please be aware that BCCIC will not be able to cover any financial costs associated with participation  – we are only able to provide access to the Session with an official badge. Sources of financial support for youth participants (under age 30) are being investigated, however cannot be guaranteed. 

Expectations of delegates: 

  • To coordinate with BCCIC in terms of logistics in the lead up to and during the Ocean Conference;
  • To attend 2-3 meetings (online or in person, depending on location of delegates) prior to the Ocean Conference;
  • To contribute to BCCIC communications around the conference, including in the lead-up
  • To agree to the responsibilities of attending a UN conference under the representation of BCCIC (e.g. maintaining professional conduct for the purpose of upholding BCCIC’s International relationships and profile);
  • To contribute to the development of a final report on BCCIC’s key takeaways from the conference (e.g. personal reflections, observations, strategic and thematic content, lessons, recommendations), which will be shared with other members. 

BCCIC is committed to equity and inclusion by elevating the voices of underrepresented groups at high-level meetings such as the UN Oceans conference. These voices may include Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) individuals, racialized individuals, LGBTQ2+ and gender non-binary individuals, youth, and individuals with disabilities. Please feel free to self-identify with an underrepresented group in your letter of interest. Delegates will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of BCCIC Staff and volunteers. 

Application Process 

Applications close March 15, 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by March 25 (or earlier, depending on the number of applicants). 

To apply please submit the following: 

  1. Up-to-date CV/Resume
  2. Letter of Interest, including answers to the following prompts (no longer than 2 pages):


  1. Why must ocean issues and solutions be considered in aiming for a more sustainable world?
  2. What is your experience with ocean science, policy, innovation, or advocacy?
  3. How would this conference strengthen your work on oceans, and how would you use this opportunity to promote the implementation of SDG 14? 

Feel free to also submit any photos, videos, or other forms of creative expression to 

support your application. 

Send application materials to keila.climate@bccic.ca by 11:59 pm, March 15. Please put [UN Oceans Delegation Application] in your email subject line. 

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