United Nations chief: Save the oceans to avert 'global catastrophe'

United Nations chief: Save the oceans to avert 'global catastrophe'

United Nations chief: Save the oceans to avert 'global catastrophe'

The Ocean Conference coincides with World Oceans Day (June 8) and is billed by the organisers as the "game changer that will reverse the decline in the health of our ocean for people, planet and prosperity". The report also said that if the world continues to use and dispose of plastic at its current rate, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in terms of weight in the sea.

06 de junio de 2017, 17:01United Nations, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the global community today to foster dialogue and cooperation in areas with cross-border waters, as a way to prevent conflicts.

In a statement issued this afternoon by the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Peter Thomson, he said this would be witnessed by representatives from around the world who would be attending the conference.

Coming less than a week after U.S. President Donald Trump announced the U.S. pullout from the Paris Climate Accord, Guterres stressed "the problems of the ocean - all created by human activity, can all be reversed and prevented with decisive, coordinated action", adding that competing interests over territory and natural resources have no place in the fight to save the health of the world's oceans. "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", Thomson told journalists yesterday in NY.

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The commitment likely involves requesting countries to provide information on what subsidies they provide and prohibiting those that contribute to overfishing, as well as potentially giving differential treatment to developing countries.

"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", the United Nations organizers said about the event being held 5 to 9 June.

As of Monday afternoon, more than 700 voluntary commitments from member states, United Nations bodies and NGOs had pledged financial contributions to the conference.

The commitment on fisheries is one of some 850 commitments made at the Conference so far.

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The call to action is expected to be signed and released at some point during the week-long conference, which will bring government officials, ocean advocates and some heads of state to NY.

Biodiversity and the marine environment, he said, must be protected and the impact of climate change addressed.

These actions are "the main threat to Mother Earth and to life itself", Morales said.

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Baron Waqa, president of Nauru, the smallest U.N. member with just over 10,000 people and a single island of just 21 square kilometers, said the nation's exclusive economic zone is over 15,000 times larger and its economic survival depends on tuna.

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