UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for “urgent and collective action” to revive the ocean.
In a message on World Oceans Day to be observed on June 8, the UN chief said the World Meteorological Organization announced last month that four key climate indicators have broken new records in 2021: sea level rise, Ocean warming, ocean acidification and greenhouse gas concentrations.
“It is clear that the triple crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution threatens the health of our oceans, on which, ultimately, we all depend,” he notes.
The ocean produces more than 50% of the planet’s oxygen and is the main source of sustenance for more than a billion people. The blue economy employs about 40 million people. However, human activities are causing damage to marine resources and biodiversity.
More than a third of the world’s fish stocks are exploited at biologically unstable levels. A significant proportion of coral reefs have been destroyed. Plastic pollution reaches the most remote islands and deepest ocean trenches. Coastal areas dying due to land-based pollution are increasing.
For the Secretary-General of the United Nations, it is time to realize that, in order to achieve the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, we must act urgently, collectively, to revive the ocean.
This means, according to him, that we must find “a new balance in our relationship with the marine environment”. It also means working with nature, not against it, and building inclusive and diverse partnerships across regions, regions and communities to collaborate creatively and find solutions for the oceans. ,
And to welcome that “this momentum” is in motion, indicating that at the end of the month, the United Nations Conference on the Oceans, to be held in Lisbon, will be dedicated to the intensification of measures based on science and innovation. Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals 14. Discussions on a new agreement on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas and areas beyond national jurisdiction will continue.
“It is our collective responsibility to ensure the health of the ocean, which should also be a productive environment, and it is only by working together that we can fulfill this responsibility”, pleaded Mr. Guterres.
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