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Researchers are now trying to develop plastic that can break down in seawater

University of Queensland researchers are developing a plastic that breaks down in seawater to help turn the tide on marine waste.

UN agencies head up new $115 million push for cleaner, healthier oceans

New York: The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and four partner agencies have been tasked with leading a new push to help countries curb the land-based pollution of coastal areas and shorelines.

UN delegates reach historic agreement on protecting marine biodiversity in international waters

New York: Secretary-General António Guterres has congratulated UN member countries for finalizing a text to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction, calling it a “breakthrough” after nearly two decades of talks.

‘Moment for Nature’ essential to beat back threats, spur climate action

With less than eight years remaining to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the President of the UN General Assembly convened a ‘Moment for Nature’ debate on Tuesday to examine the interconnected environmental threats hampering efforts to achieve sustainable development.

Scientific knowledge essential for sustainable oceans, UN Ocean Conference hears

Increasing scientific knowledge, developing research capacity and making the most of new marine technology, are essential to sustainable ocean management, the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, heard on Thursday.

Youth are the generation that will help save our ocean and our future, says UN chief

New York: The world must do more to stop the dramatic decline in ocean health, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Sunday, urging young people gathered in Carcavelos, Portugal, for a UN Youth and Innovation Forum to step up because his generation’s leaders had moved far too slow.

Revitalize our seas’ UN chief urges on World Oceans Day

New York: Ensuring a healthy and productive ocean that serves the whole planet, is a “collective responsibility” that can only be fulfilled by working together, the UN chief told an celebratory event marking World Oceans Day on Wednesday.

End war on nature and ensure ocean health, UN chief says in message for World Oceans Day

New York: Ending the “war on nature” must be part of global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday in his message for World Oceans Day.

Oceans under threat like never before, warns World Meteorological Organization

New York: 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.

World Oceans Day: Don’t be colour blind, help blue oceans keep the planet green

New York: The COVID-19 pandemic is a “sharp reminder” of how we are all intimately connected to each other and to nature, the UN chief said on Monday, World Oceans Day.

World Ocean benefits from reduced pollution sparked by COVID-19 – Ocean alliance

Moscow/Sputnik/UNI:  Andrei Savenkov - The World Ocean is benefiting from the reduction of pollution during the COVID-19 pandemic brought about by temporarily disrupted air traffic and diminished production, among other things, Paul Holthus, president of the World Ocean Council (WOC), told Sputnik.

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

New York/IBNS: 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’

New York/IBNS: 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.

Negotiating legally-binding agreement to provide future generations with a ‘healthy, resilient and productive ocean’

New York, Aug 21 (IBNS): While the world’s oceans contain some 200,000 identified living species, the actual numbers could reach the millions ­­– all exposed to the dangers of climate change, pollution and over-exploitation. To stem these threats, the United Nations is meeting to negotiate a treaty that would protect three-quarters of the earth’s surface by 2030.

Promoting gender equality a ‘crucial contribution’ in effort to restore, protect our planet’s oceans

New York, June 9 (IBNS): Women are engaged in all aspects of interaction with our ocean, yet their voices are often missing at the decision-making level, the head of the United Nations cultural agency said on World Oceans Day, emphasizing that “we must ensure diversity and gender inclusiveness at all levels” to set a balanced course for humanity and foster innovative solutions for the ocean.