710, 2017

FAO: Join global treaty to root out the scourge of illegal fishing

October 7th, 2017|News, Oceans|

Calling for strengthening the fight against illegal fishing, the United Nations food security agency has urged all countries to join a landmark global treaty that aims to rid the world of the multibillion-dollar scourge.

2108, 2017

UN Assembly President rings Nasdaq bell; sounds alarm on behalf of world’s endangered ocean

August 21st, 2017|News, Oceans|

The President of the United Nations General Assembly opened the trading day in New York this morning to send the message that the world’s ocean health is in distress.

“The ocean is in trouble,” said Peter Thomson prior to ringing the Opening Bell of the Nasdaq Stock Market in its Times Square headquarters.

Outlining the perils that […]

1608, 2017

PGA completes visit to Hong Kong in follow-up to Ocean Conference

August 16th, 2017|News, Oceans, Press material|

The President of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson completed his visit to Hong Kong today. While in Hong Kong, President Thomson met with Government officials, diplomats, professors of Ocean science and environmental actors to discuss follow-up action from The Ocean Conference held at the UN in June 2017.

In his meeting with […]

2607, 2017

On International Day, UN spotlights threatened coastal mangrove ecosystems

July 26th, 2017|Forests, desertification and biodiversity, News, Oceans|

Coastal mangroves are among the most imperiled ecosystems on earth, with current estimates indicating that up to 67 per cent have been lost to date, according to the United Nations science wing.

2407, 2017

Countries agree to recommend elements for new treaty on marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction

July 24th, 2017|News, Oceans|

Countries agreed late Friday evening to recommend to the United Nations General Assembly elements to be considered in the development of a new treaty on marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction.

1107, 2017

New ocean report findings support need for stronger high seas governance

July 11th, 2017|News, Oceans|

The report recognizes the mounting evidence that some parts of the ocean are near their ecological tipping point due to climate change and other human impacts.

1007, 2017

Crucial steps being taken towards new treaty on marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction

July 10th, 2017|News, Oceans|

New York, 10 July—Coming close on the heels of last month’s Ocean Conference, countries will begin the fourth and last preparatory meeting today to develop recommendations to the General Assembly on a treaty on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of the world’s ocean beyond national jurisdiction.

The negotiations, sometimes informally referred to […]

1006, 2017

UN Ocean Conference wraps up with actions to restore ocean health, protect marine life

June 10th, 2017|News, Oceans|

The first-ever United Nations summit on oceans today wrapped up with a global agreement to reverse the decline of the ocean's health, and more than 1,300 pledged actions for protecting the blue.

906, 2017

Countries agree on decisive and urgent actions to restore marine world to health as Ocean Conference concludes (Press release)

June 9th, 2017|News, Oceans, Press material|

Universal agreement on need for measures to reverse ocean deterioration 

906, 2017

UN-Nippon Foundation partnership launches new programme to train ocean professionals in developing countries (Press release)

June 9th, 2017|News, Oceans, Press material|

The United Nations, through the Office of Legal Affairs, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, and the Nippon Foundation have announced a new UN-Nippon Foundation “Sustainable Ocean Programme” to train ocean professionals from developing countries.

This announcement was made by the Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel, Mr. Miguel […]