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.
"Caring for, and using, our oceans in sustainable ways is critical to achieve ecological and economic goals for communities everywhere," he says.
PGA, conference co-chairs and president to hold press briefing on June 2017 UN Conference to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14.
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.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked that we recommit to using the oceans' gifts "peacefully, equitably and sustainably."
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.