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President of the United Nations General Assembly and WHOI Director Will Host Press Briefing

April 6, 2017

The President of the UN General Assembly and the Director of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will hold a press briefing on the vital importance of basic research to a global sustainable ocean. The briefing will be held on Friday, April 7, at 11:30 a.m., at WHOI’s LOSOS laboratory.

President Peter Thomson of Fiji will discuss The Ocean Conference to be held at the United Nations in New York from 5-9 June. WHOI President and Director Mark Abbott will announce a WHOI commitment for The Ocean Conference.

“The UN Ocean Conference June 5-9, 2017, is the first truly global conference dedicated to reversing the decline of our ocean,” Thomson said. “Its success will be determined by contributions by all governments and all sectors, including institutions such as Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Robust science, as practiced at WHOI, has never been more critical to sound government decision-making and an informed public.”

During his visit, President Thomson will tour the facilities of the premier ocean research, engineering, and education organization and talk to its scientists and leaders about the work conducted there.

WHO: H.E. Peter Thomson
President of the UN General Assembly

           Dr. Mark Abbott
President and Director, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

WHAT:  Media briefing on the importance of basic research to a global sustainable ocean and the upcoming Ocean Conference at the United Nations

WHEN: Friday, April 7, at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: LOSOS Laboratory, WHOI Quissett Campus
Woods Hole Rd., Woods Hole, MA 02543

About the UN General Assembly
The General Assembly is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the UN. Decisions on important questions, such as those on peace and security, admission of new members and budgetary matters, require a two-thirds majority. Decisions on other questions are by simple majority. Each country has one vote. Some Member States in arrear of payment may be granted the right to vote.  See the list of countries in arrears in the payment of their financial contributions. The Assembly has adopted its own rules of procedure and elects its President for each session. Please visit


About Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a private, non-profit organization on Cape Cod, Mass., dedicated to marine research, engineering, and higher education. Established in 1930 on a recommendation from the National Academy of Sciences, its primary mission is to understand the ocean and its interaction with the Earth as a whole, and to communicate a basic understanding of the ocean’s role in the changing global environment. For more information, please visit



The Ocean Conference

The high-level 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 will be convened at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day, to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. The Governments of Fiji and Sweden have the co-hosting responsibilities of the Conference.

The Conference aims to be the game changer that will reverse the decline in the health of our ocean for people, planet and prosperity. It will be solutions-focused with engagement from all.