‘Save our ocean, protect our future’: UN ocean conference begins Monday



The United Nations Ocean Conference will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, from June 27 to July 1 and will be co-hosted by the governments of Kenya and Portugal, the UN said in its press release.

The Ocean Conference comes at a critical time as the world seeks to address many of the deep-rooted issues in our societies laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic. These problems require major structural transformations and common shared solutions anchored in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“To mobilize action, the Conference will seek to propel much-needed innovative science-based solutions aimed at opening a new chapter in global action on the oceans,” he added.

Liu Zhenmin, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, will serve as Secretary-General of the Conference, and Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, will serve as Special Adviser to the Presidents of the Ocean Conference. on the ocean and legal issues.

In 2017, UN Secretary-General Guterres appointed Ambassador Peter Thomson of Fiji as his Special Envoy for the Ocean, in an effort to galvanize concerted efforts to follow up on the outcomes of the UN Ocean Conference. of 2017, maintaining the momentum of action to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

The United Nations has designated June 8 as World Oceans Day – a day when humanity celebrates the ocean.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said: “The ocean can be our greatest ally in responding to the planetary crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. protect our planet.”

The ocean covers more than 70% of the planet. It is our source of life, supporting the sustenance of humanity and that of all other organisms on earth.

The ocean produces at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen, is home to most of the Earth’s biodiversity and is the primary source of protein for over a billion people around the world. Not to mention that the ocean is key to our economy with an estimated 40 million people employed by ocean industries by 2030. Despite all its benefits, the ocean now needs support.

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