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.

606, 2016

Concern about marine ecosystems at center of World Oceans Day observances

June 6th, 2016|News, Oceans, Press material|

Growing concern over the health of marine ecosystems is at the center of United Nations observances to mark World Oceans Day 2016 on 8 June.

2505, 2016

With many plant and animal species ‘hanging on by a thread,’ UN urges action to tackle wildlife crime

May 25th, 2016|Forests, desertification and biodiversity, News, Oceans|

The poaching and illegal trade of thousands of species across the globe present real environmental dangers and undermine the rule of law, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today, urging shared responsibility among the international community in tackling wildlife and forest crime.