The 2nd United Nations Ocean Conference took place in Lisbon, from 27th June to 1st July, with more than 6,000 participants from 150 countries, including 24 Heads of State and 2,000 representatives of civil society (companies, foundations, universities, investment funds and NGOs). The represented states agreed to step up innovative science and technology-based actions to address current ocean-related challenges.
Técnico researchers and professors dedicated to issues related to oceans and innovation attended the conference, thus contributing to identify new challenges and opportunities in this area. The Técnico researchers also attended the “One Sustainable Ocean” initiative, and showcased an underwater robot developed at the Laboratory for Robotics and Engineering Systems (LARSyS). The participation of several Técnico alumni should be highlighted: António Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Costa Silva, the Portuguese Minister of Economy and the Sea, and Carlos Moedas the Mayor of Lisbon.
Oceans cover 70% of the Earth’s surface and play a vital role in mitigating climate change. Additionally, they are a source of biodiversity, food, mineral resources, and energy. However, they are facing unprecedented threats due to human activity. During the official sessions and parallel events, the participants of the Ocean Conference had the opportunity to share ideas and commitments to tackle ocean emergency.