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PODCAST: Saving ‘the blue heart of the planet’ with Sylvia Earle

As a little girl, Sylvia Earle, today perhaps the world’s best known woman marine scientist, literally fell head over heels in love with the ocean.

Combating illegal fishing, hunger key FAO goals

An upcoming UN conference on oceans should see countries committing to fight illegal and unregulated fishing, according to a top official with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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On World Tuna Day, UN cites importance of sustainably managed fish stocks in achieving 2030 Agenda

As migratory tuna species account for 20 per cent of the value of all marine capture fisheries and over eight per cent of all globally traded seafood, the inaugural celebration by the United Nations of World Tuna Day is an important step in recognizing the critical role of tuna to sustainable development, food security, economic opportunity, and livelihoods of people around the world.

UN announces first-ever World Ocean Festival

With global leaders heading to the United Nations for a major conference in June on the protection and sustainable use of the planet’s oceans, the UN today announced that the inaugural World Ocean Festival will kick off the week-long event, with activists and enthusiasts taking to the streets – and waterways – of New York City to raise their voices to reverse the declining health of our oceans.

In Senegal, UN General Assembly President calls for sustainable management of marine resources

Visiting a traditional fishing community in Senegal, the President of the United Nations General Assembly has called on the countries in the region to prioritize conserving and sustainably managing their marine resources.

FEATURE: Humanity at the core as UN readies for first-ever Ocean Conference

Over a year ago, on 20 February 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston made a category 5 landfall along the north coast of Fiji's largest, most populous island, Viti Levu, killing at least 44 people, and grounding flights to and from the Pacific Island nation.

UNEP launches #CleanSeas campaign to reduce plastic use

Unless people stop dumping plastic items such as bottles, bags and cups after using them just once, there could be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050.

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‘Turn the tide on plastic’ urges UN, as microplastics in the seas now outnumber stars in our galaxy

Launching an unprecedented global campaign, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is urging everyone to eliminate the use of microplastics and stop the excessive, wasteful use of single-use plastic, to save the world’s seas and oceans from irreversible damage before it’s too late.

UN kicks off preparations for upcoming summit on oceans, launches voluntary commitment website

The world dumps the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute, the United Nations heard today at the start of a two-day meeting to prepare for this June's Ocean Conference that will aim to help safeguard the planet's oceans and help them recover from human-induced problems.

More than five per cent of world’s oceans now protected – UN Environment

Since April, an unprecedented 3.6 million square kilometres of ocean – an area larger than India – have been designated as marine protected areas (MPAs), meaning for the first time, more than 5% of the world’s oceans are now protected.