Oceans 'under threat as never before,' United Nations chief Guterres warns

Nettie James
June 7, 2017

The remarks were made Monday at the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York City, where leaders and representatives from about 200 countries will devise ways to reverse the decline in oceanic health. Sustainable Development Goal 14 contains all targets and indicators to conserve and sustainably use our oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

"The Ocean Conference, the first United Nations conference of its kind on the issue, is hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden will kick it off with a special cultural ceremony at 0900 on 5 June, prior to the formal opening", the statement said.

The aim is to find solutions to some of the toughest problems facing the oceans - that includes coral bleaching, plastic pollution, overfishing and rising sea levels.

It was for these reasons and others that many have come to share Morales' dim view of USA leadership under Trump and the Republican Party. Moderator Elliott Harris, UN Environment, referred to action taken in countries such as Canada, France, Kenya and Rwanda to reduce land-based sources of marine pollution, including by banning single-use plastic items and micro-plastics in cosmetics.

Update: 7:27PM THE Fijian culture will be on show at the opening of the Ocean Conference in NY tomorrow when the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) band will perform a traditional welcoming ceremony.

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.

But despite Trump's decision Thursday, June 1, to end U.S. participation in the Paris deal, which drew worldwide condemnation, experts at the Pew Charitable Trust said the United States has been a part of crafting a broad "call to action", and is expected to sign it. If things don't change, we could see more plastics than fish in the ocean by 2050.

"The ocean is now 30 percent more acidic than in pre-industrial times", she said.

"Countries also agreed to develop and implement effective adaptation and mitigation measures that will contribute to ocean and coastal acidification, sea-level rise, and increase in ocean temperatures, and to address the other harmful impacts of climate change on the ocean".

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 plight of SIDS was well sketched by Micronesia's President Peter Christian who expressed the fears of the Pacific islanders that the ocean was left to deal the insurmountable task of healing itself after being used as "a dumping ground for industrial waste" and for absorbing other forms of pollution.

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