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Jason Momoa (left), Actor and Advocate on Oceans, attends the Youth and Innovation Forum on the side of the 2022 UN Ocean Conference, held at Carcavelos Beach, outside of Lisbon, in Portugal. Mr. Momoa arrived on a boat to receive the Nature Baton from the UN Special Envoy for the Ocean, Peter Thomson. Momoa then handed the baton to youth representatives before they, in turn, passed it to the UN Secretary-General. The Nature Baton, a global collaboration for the ocean’s wellbeing, has shone a spotlight on the need for action to save the world’s ocean, and is a metaphor for the journey ocean champions have taken this year from Brest to Nairobi for the UN Environment Assembly, to Palau for the Our Oceans Conference, and for World Environment Day in Stockholm, on the road to Lisbon.
Jason Momoa is designated the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Advocate for Life Below Water (27 June).

The Youth and Innovation Forum is a platform for advancing ocean action and implementing youth-led solutions based on SDG 14 targets. It is seeking to help young entrepreneurs and innovators scale up their initiatives, projects and ideas through professional training and matchmaking with mentors, investors, the private sector and government officials.Secretary-General António Guterres (left) briefs reporters during the United Nations 2022 Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal. In the centre is Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of the Portuguese Republic, and at right is Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya.

The Ocean Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, comes at a critical time as the world is seeking to address many of the deep-rooted problems of our societies laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic and which will require major structural transformations and common shared solutions that are anchored in the SDGs. To mobilize action, the Conference is seeking to propel much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action.A view of maintenance work under way on the east side of the General Assembly building.Volodymyr Zelenskyy (on screen), President of Ukraine, addresses the Security Council meeting on maintenance of peace and security of Ukraine.Members of the Security Council screen a virtual reality project prior to the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East (Yemen).A wide view of the closing ceremony of the United Nations 2022 Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal. 

The Ocean Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, comes at a critical time as the world is seeking to address many of the deep-rooted problems of our societies laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic and which will require major structural transformations and common shared solutions that are anchored in the SDGs. To mobilize action, the Conference is seeking to propel much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action.Secretary-General António Guterres holds the annual Memorial Service to honour the United Nations personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty from 1 January to 31 December 2021.Peter Thomson, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, poses for a selfie during the closing ceremony of the United Nations 2022 Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal.  
The Ocean Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, comes at a critical time as the world is seeking to address many of the deep-rooted problems of our societies laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic and which will require major structural transformations and common shared solutions that are anchored in the SDGs. To mobilize action, the Conference is seeking to propel much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action.A conference officer invites participants to take their seats ahead of the Security Council meeting on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.Secretary-General António Guterres (left) is asked a question by Majeed Gly, Journalist with Rudaw at UN Headquarters, as he walks to the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East (Syria).Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of the Portuguese Republic, chairs the closing ceremony of the United Nations 2022 Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal.  

The Ocean Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, comes at a critical time as the world is seeking to address many of the deep-rooted problems of our societies laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic and which will require major structural transformations and common shared solutions that are anchored in the SDGs. To mobilize action, the Conference is seeking to propel much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action.Peter Thomson, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, addresses the United Nations 2022 Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal.  
The Ocean Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, comes at a critical time as the world is seeking to address many of the deep-rooted problems of our societies laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic and which will require major structural transformations and common shared solutions that are anchored in the SDGs. To mobilize action, the Conference is seeking to propel much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action.A wide view of the continuation of the General Assembly meeting on the responsibility to protect and the prevention of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. On the screens are Alice Nderitu, UN Special Adviser on Genocide. On the screens are Anatolio Ndong Mba, Vice-President of the seventy-sixth session of the UN General Assembly and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea to the United Nations.Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), briefs reporters after the Security Council meeting on the situation concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo.Ferit Hoxha (at podium), Permanent Representative of Albania to the United Nations and President of the Security Council for the month of June, briefs reporters on the situation for women and girls in Afghanistan ahead of the Security Council meeting on the situation in Afghanistan.The inhabitants of Boyo village are returning to normal life, after attacks by armed groups in December 2021 caused loss of human life, material damage and displacement of people. Peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) intervened to restore security and protect civilians. Their presence on the ground is contributing to the return of the displaced to the village. Boyo is a village located 120 km from Bambari, the capital in the Ouaka prefecture in the Central African Republic.Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the pledging conference of the Ad Hoc Committee of the General Assembly for the announcement of voluntary contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).A view of a participant taking a selfie during the United Nations 2022 Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal.  
The Ocean Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, comes at a critical time as the world is seeking to address many of the deep-rooted problems of our societies laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic and which will require major structural transformations and common shared solutions that are anchored in the SDGs. To mobilize action, the Conference is seeking to propel much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action.Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, briefs reporters after the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Sudan and South Sudan.Squamish Nation canoe approaching Bella Bella.Valentine Rugwabiza, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), briefs reporters on the situation in the Central African Republic.Secretary-General António Guterres attends the Youth and Innovation Forum on the side of the 2022 UN Ocean Conference in Portugal. The Forum is a platform for advancing ocean action and implementing youth-led solutions based on SDG 14 targets. It is seeking to help young entrepreneurs and innovators scale up their initiatives, projects and ideas through professional training and matchmaking with mentors, investors, the private sector and government officials.

The Secretary-General (centre right) poses for a selfie with participants of the Youth and Innovation Forum.Alice Nderitu, UN Special Adviser on Genocide, briefs reporters ahead of International Day of Countering Hate Speech (18 June).

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