oceans

Ocean benefits increasingly undermined by human activity, UN assessment reveals

Greater understanding of the ocean is essential if the world is to recover better from the COVID-19 pandemic and achieve agreed targets on sustainable development and climate action, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday in launching a major study on what he called “the life support system of our planet.” 

News in Brief 22 March 2021

  • 1.4 million TB sufferers lost out on treatment during first year of COVID-19 
  • DR Congo abuses against civilians continue unabated: Bachelet 
  • Oceans under threat like never before, warns World Meteorological Organization 
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Oceans under threat like never before, warns World Meteorological Organization 

Climate change has hit the world’s oceans hard, UN weather experts said on Monday, in a call for lifesaving monitoring and early warning services that were interrupted by COVID-19 to be ramped up again, to protect shipping and coastal communities at risk. 

‘Make peace with nature’, UN chief urges at Ocean Decade launch

January marked the beginning of what many within the UN and beyond view as “the most critical decade of our lives”, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said on Wednesday, launching a major initiative to protect the world’s oceans through the next ten years.

 

News in Brief 8 June 2020

  • Emergency funding announced for DR Congo amid new Ebola outbreak
  • ‘Once-in-a-generation’ chance to reset our link to world’s oceans: UN chief
  • Record levels of fish consumption show need for sustainable management: FAO
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‘Dogged pragmatism’ needed to save Ocean: UN Special Envoy

‘Dogged pragmatism’ is needed to save the Ocean as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, according to the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean.

COVID-19 could help turn the tide on ocean health in Asia-Pacific

The COVID-19 pandemic could help turn the tide on the well-being of oceans in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a UN report published on Wednesday.

2020: the year for action, to ‘rise up’ and safeguard ocean life 

With the ocean in deep crisis, members of civil society and philanthropic organisations are urging governments and corporations to take bold action to safeguard the ocean.  After a two-day preparatory meeting in New York ahead of June’s UN Ocean Conference in Portugal, activists handed over what they termed “A Blue Call to Action” to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, on Wednesday.  

Ocean Conference has potential to be a ‘global game-changer’

The second global Ocean Conference taking place in Portugal in a few months’ time promises to be “a critical moment” for the health of life under water and on land, the President of the UN General Assembly said on Tuesday, as preparations got underway.

The future of the planet ‘clearly in our hands’: top climate change scientist

There are clear benefits to keeping the earth’s temperature below two degrees; and the “choices we make now will be critical for the future of our oceans and cryosphere”.

That’s the message from Anjal Prakash, Coordinating Lead Author of the latest UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC report, on the havoc being unleashed on the earth’s oceans and ice caps. He spoke to UN News’s Sachin Gaur.

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