Ban highlights collective responsibility to protect world’s oceans

Highlighting the centrality of the marine environment to human well-being, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the collective global responsibility to protect the world’s oceans.

UN meteorological agency reports end to El Niño pattern over the Pacific

The weather pattern known as El Niño rapidly dissipated in early May, giving way to the development of cool, neutral to weak La Niña conditions in the tropical Pacific Ocean, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported today.

UN gathering on preserving ocean life kicks off in Paris

A United Nations-backed meeting bringing together hundreds of scientists, government officials from developed and developing nations, and others to find a way to ensure the survival of oceans in the face of climate change kicked off today in Paris.

UN officials push for creation of monitoring system for marine environment

Significant gaps exist in the understanding and management of the complex processes and trends at work in the world’s oceans and seas, which cover 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface, warned senior United Nations officials today as they urged governments to approve expert recommendations establishing a system that plugs the holes.

Ban warns of untold damage inflicted on seas, marking first World Oceans Day

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today marked the first United Nations World Oceans Day with a warning of the “terrible toll” human activity exacts on the world’s oceans and seas, with a new report highlighting the threat of the rising tide of marine garbage.

French voyager named UNESCO Spokesperson for the Oceans

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has named the renowned French seafarer, Maud Fontenoy, as its Spokesperson for the Oceans, ahead of the first UN World Oceans Day on 8 June.

UN opens two new Indian Ocean search and rescue centres

The United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) has opened two new search and rescue sub-centres in Tanzania and the Seychelles to conduct life-saving missions off the east coast of Africa.

UNESCO conference eyes planet's threatened oceans and coastal communities

The global community should intensify its efforts to protect the planet's threatened oceans and endangered coastal areas and communities, agreed environmental experts and senior officials gathered at a global conference in Paris hosted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Carbon dioxide in world’s oceans may threaten many marine species - UN

The world’s oceans are absorbing an unprecedented amount of carbon dioxide (CO2), increasing their acidity and possibly threatening the long-term survival of many marine species, including corals, shellfish and phytoplankton, according to a report released today on a United Nations-sponsored symposium.

New project to clean up pollution in Western Indian Ocean – UN agency

Environment ministers meeting in Madagascar this week have agreed to an $11 million project to cut pollution in the Western Indian Ocean through strengthening pollution laws, regulations and regional and national cooperation, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today.