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Ocean sustainability and gender equality must advance together, maritime expert says

Interlinking the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 – Life Below Water – and Gender Equality, the UN Ocean Conference this week is aiming to increase women’s participation and leadership in ocean related issues.

Women continue to be under-represented in ocean related issues, with most in the sector, stuck on land, “and getting very little pay”, says Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of the World Maritime University, based in Sweden.

On Tuesday, Ms. Doumbia-Henry took part in an event on the margins of the Conference, focused on boosting women’s representation in ocean sustainability and conservation.

She spoke to UN News’s Ana Carmo, who’s also in the Portuguese capital.

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Participation of women in ocean issues ‘needs to be mainstreamed’

Ocean health is at a critical stage, and radical changes need to be made by people everywhere to allow sustainable management and development.

Knowing that women continue to be under-represented in the field of ocean protection, particularly in decision-making roles, experts at the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, are calling for an action plan to change that.

Ana Carmo who’s at the conference for UN News in the Portuguese capital, spoke to Maria Damanaki, founder of Leading Women for the Ocean.

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News in Brief 28 June 2022

  • Deadly migrant Morocco to Spain route probe needed: OHCHR
  • Afghanistan quake appeal: OCHA seeks $110 million
  • UN-led Libya constitution talks resume in Geneva
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News in Brief 27 June 2022

  • UN chief urges all nations to save the ocean at key conference in Portugal
  • Ukraine Donbas situation ‘dire’ and deteriorating: OCHA
  • Women at far greater risk of sexual violence than men from climate change: Bachelet
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News in Brief 24 June 2022

  • ‘Mass hunger and starvation’, wrong in 21st century: UN chief
  • Life-saving relief continues to reach quake-hit eastern Afghanistan
  • Shireen Abu Akleh: fatal shot came from Israeli gun - OHCHR
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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva: Afghanistan quake, Ukraine treasures at risk

In this week’s show, the UN ramps up aid for eastern Afghanistan, where communities are reeling after its deadliest earthquake in decades. In Nigeria, the humanitarian crisis in the northeast still needs all our attention, as we’ll hear aid chief Matthias Schmale – but it’s far from the only place where that’s the case, according to a new UNICEF alert. And in Ukraine, the targeting of cultural treasures must stop, says UNESCO chief Audrey Azoulay.

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News in Brief 23 June 2022

  • WFP deploys food and logistics equipment to quake-hit Afghanistan
  • End targeting of Ukraine’s cultural sites, urges UNESCO
  • Global hunger crisis pushing one child into severe malnutrition every minute    
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PODCAST: Barbados and the Blue Economy – Return of the turtles

For the last episode in our mini-series exploring some of the ocean-related issues facing Barbados, Conor Lennon went to one of the sea turtle nesting grounds on the southwest of the island.

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News in Brief 22 June 2022

  • Greece: Migration policies riding roughshod over human rights
  • Iran urged to call off amputations: OHCHR
  • Moving towards a low carbon future
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Nigeria’s crisis in northeast, already a humanitarian emergency: OCHA

UN humanitarians raised the alarm on Tuesday over frightening levels of child hunger in northeast Nigeria that are linked to more than a decade of violence by non-State armed groups.

In the three states where needs are greatest – Borno, Adamawa and Yobe - more than 1.7 million children under five, are already at risk of serious malnutrition. With more, here’s the UN’s Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Matthias Schmale, talking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

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