As the 2018 theme of the Earth Day is “End Plastic Pollution”, the upcoming Roundtable will also feature a discussion on the future of our ocean and the SDG 14: Life Below Water. It will discuss some key results from UNDP’s Ocean Governance work as well as the Ocean Action Hub, which was created by UNDP and Sweden to incentivize citizen engagement in the implementation of the SDG 14.
11:00 - 11:15 am Networking
11:15 - 11:25 am WelcomeRemarks Adriana Dinu, Director, Sustainable Development (Environment) and Executive Coordinator, Global Environmental Finance, UNDP Nancy Knowlton, Sant Chair in Marine Science at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and Earth Optimism Co-Chair
11:25 - 11:50 am Panel I: #EarthOptmism: Reflections from a global digital movement Speaker: Nancy Knowlton, Smithsonian Institution Moderator: Alexandra Hiniker, New York City Mayor’s Office for International Affairs
11:50 - 12:15 pm Panel II: SDG 14 – Oceans: Challenges and Opportunities Speaker: Andrew Hudson, UNDP 12:15 - 12:30 pm Next Steps & Close of Discussion
Andrew Hudson is the Head of the Water & Ocean Governance at UNDP. He oversees and provides strategic, policy and technical guidance on all aspects of the development, implementation and evaluation of UNDP’s work in water and ocean governance with a current portfolio in over 100 countries. Prior to joining UNDP, he was Executive Director of The Center for Field Research at Earthwatch. He received his BS and MS in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was a doctoral student in Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, and received his PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Massachusetts-Boston.