Miguel De Serpa Soares

Miguel De Serpa Soares is United Nations Legal Counsel and Under-­Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, and Special Adviser to the Presidents of the Ocean Conference on oceans and legal matters.

Oceans contribute to poverty eradication by providing opportunities for sustainable livelihoods and decent work. Over 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal resources as a means of support. In addition, oceans play a crucial role in the achievement of global food security, as well as human health and well-being.