112, 2016

On eve of major UN conference, alarms raised that efforts to halt biodiversity loss are lagging

December 1st, 2016|Climate change, Forests, desertification and biodiversity, News, Oceans, Partnerships|

Time is running out to stop the global decline in biodiversity and protect ecosystems that are essential for the livelihoods and well-being of billions of people, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity warned today, as more than 190 countries prepare to meet on this issue in Cancun, Mexico.

1511, 2016

Media advisory: Briefing at COP22 on upcoming UN Oceans conference

November 15th, 2016|Climate change, News, Oceans|

PGA, conference co-chairs and president to hold press briefing on June 2017 UN Conference to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14.

3008, 2016

UNESCO hails creation of world’s largest marine protected area

August 30th, 2016|News, Oceans|

UNESCO welcomes the establishment by US President Barack Obama of the largest nature reserve in the world, done through expanding a marine reserve in the state of Hawaii.

2607, 2016

On first International Day, UNESCO calls for protection of mangrove ecosystems

July 26th, 2016|Climate change, Forests, desertification and biodiversity, News, Oceans|

Mangroves are rare and vital ecosystems that help to protect coastlines but their survival is being jeopardized, said UNESCO, calling for mangroves' protection.

1207, 2016

UN agency urges implementation of accord to tackle illegal fishing

July 12th, 2016|Economic growth, News, Oceans, Sustainable consumption and production|

An international agreement aimed at tackling illegal fishing “marks the dawn of a new era,” but rapid action is needed to ensure that its implementation is effective, the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said.

707, 2016

As global per-capita fish consumption hits all-time high, UN warns on overharvesting

July 7th, 2016|News, Oceans, Sustainable consumption and production, Sustainable Development Agenda|

A new report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) shows that while growth in aquaculture has helped drive global per capita fish consumption above 20 kilograms a year for the first time, almost a third of commercial fish stocks are now overharvested at biologically unsustainable levels.

2706, 2016

UN deputy chief highlights benefits from and challenges confronting oceans

June 27th, 2016|News, Oceans, Sustainable Development Agenda|

Addressing a gathering on laws affecting the world’s oceans, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today underscored that healthy oceans are critical to maintaining life on the planet, while also noting their connection to broader sustainable development aims.

906, 2016

Ban Ki-moon reunites with Hokule’a crew for World Oceans Day

June 9th, 2016|News, Oceans|

Warning that we are dangerously close to breaking the limit of how we should use oceans, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with a Polynesian voyaging canoe crew using traditional methods to circumvent the world.

806, 2016

World Oceans Day in photos

June 8th, 2016|News, Oceans|

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked that we recommit to using the oceans' gifts "peacefully, equitably and sustainably."

806, 2016

On World Day, UN urges meaningful action to protect future health of oceans

June 8th, 2016|News, Oceans|

On World Day, UN urges meaningful action to protect future health of oceans Healthy oceans are critical to sustaining life on Earth, by regulating the climate and providing a wide range of services, including natural resources, nutritious food and jobs that benefit billions of people, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today, as the UN kicked off its celebrations to mark World Oceans Day.