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UN ocean conference to call for action on ocean health


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Fisherman in Timor Leste casts net in the water to catch small fish. UN Photo/Martine Perret

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Last updated June 04, 2017 10:24:15 PM +0530

  UN Ocean Conference, United Nations, Warming, Climate Change

Human activities are having major impacts on the ocean affecting everything from the viability of marine habitats to the quality and temperature of the water, the health of marine life, and the continued availability of seafood.


Even though the future of environmental health of the earth once again entered a phase of uncertainty since the Trump administration of USA decided to withdraw from the Paris agreement of 2015, the ocean summit organised by the United Nations is going to discuss warming oceans, depleting sea life and plastic pollution and call for urgent action to improve the health of the oceans, while also creating jobs and raising people out of poverty.

The event is to be held from 5th to 9th of June 2017.

2030 Agenda in focus

The Ocean Conference, the first ever such summit convened by the UN, will focus on the targets outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by Governments in 2015.

The Goal 14 highlights the need to conserve and promote sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources to benefit present and future generations.

As the current President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson, had recently told journalists in New York, “Every second breathe you take comes from ocean-produced oxygen. Without a healthy ocean we're in deep trouble; whether it's food, whether it's our climate, we have to have the integrity for the ocean, the source of life.”

“Human activities are having major impacts on the ocean affecting everything from the viability of marine habitats to the quality and temperature of the water, the health of marine life, and the continued availability of seafood,” according to the organisers of the summit.

The organisers also cited that ocean deterioration has broader implications as it affects poverty eradication, economic growth, sustainable livelihoods and employment, global food security, human health and climate regulation.

Political call to action

Thousands of people – including heads of State and Government, civil society representatives, business people, as well as actors, and ocean and marine life advocates – are expected to attend.

A big showing is expected from Small Island developing States, particularly from the Pacific Islands, and from African coastal States, which are on the frontlines of climate change and whose economies are particularly vulnerable to changes in the oceans and marine life.

There is an appetite to take action to aid oceans and marine life, the UN General Assembly President said while mentioning that he was “very confident” about it.

The main areas of work at The Ocean Conference will be a political call to action, a segment on partnership dialogues and voluntary commitments.

The Secretary-General of The Ocean Conference, Wu Hongbo, who is also the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, said Member States have already hammered out the final text of the conference – which will include 22 specific actions to be taken.

He noted that climate change action taken by the international community is unstoppable, and needs global support. “If you drop a plastic bottle anywhere near your sea, it may end up in some other places. So all these seas and oceans are connected; so regional or individual action seems very weak. We need global solutions to the global challenge.”


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