Commercial fishing, plastic major part of environmental crisis

The environmental crisis is most challenging than ever, with the seas being warmer than at any point in the human history and life underwater is facing many threats. Thus, the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 “Life Under Water” establishes a wide-ranging goal to "conserve and sustainably use the world's oceans, seas and marine resources".

The severity of the environmental crisis is demonstrated by the plight of perhaps the single most important marine ecosystem: coral reefs.

Reefs play an important role for human communities and their global economy, providing food security for hundreds of millions of people and coastal protection for hundreds of millions more.

Coral reef collapse is directly linked to rising sea temperatures. Corals live close to their upper thermal limit and even modest temperature rises can disrupt their relationship with their algae lodger. This leads the often-kaleidoscopic coral to turn white as it dies, a process known as bleaching.…

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Ocean Innovation Challenge to boost UN SDGs

In light of the marine pollution, the climate change upon ocean ecosystems and the habital loss that the ocean is dealing with, the United Nations Development Program lauched the Ocean Innovation Challenge (OIC) in order to face those negative impacts and boost the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 14 (SDGs) targets.

In fact, the OIC is searching for initiatives that are transferable, sustainable and applicable, offering grants rating from $50.000 to $250.000.

With plastics and nutrients resulting ocean pollution, OIC will focus on the SDG.14.1 "Reduce Marine Pollution".

At a time when the world’s oceans and seas face unprecedented pressures, UNDP’s new Ocean Innovation Challenge will shine a light on innovative, entrepreneurial and creative approaches that can advance ocean and coastal restoration and protection. Supporting the blue economy in this way can help us achieve SDG 14— while spurring economic development and helping to reduce poverty and…

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UN Sec-Gen: Plastic waste will surpass the number of fish in oceans

The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, called the shipping industry for solutions concerning oceans' pollution, as he quoted that the plastic waste that exists in the oceans, will surpass the number of fish that live in them, addressing the emergency state the oceans are in. The discussions that were focused on how to deal with plastic debris and oceans' pollution were conducted during an event, part of June's G7 meeting in Canada.

The Secretary General highlighted that plastic debris can be found in the most remote places of the planet, noting that the problem is even bigger than everyone thinks.

It kills marine life and is doing major harm to communities that depend on fishing and tourism.

During the event, he welcomed the G7 Plastics Charter but noted that there are additional steps to be taken so that pollution can be ended, keeping in mind that the world is facing additional problems, as climate change that worsens the existing situation.

Ocean…

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UN Sec-Gen highlights four key measures to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050

While speaking to young Māoris and people of the Pacific islands in New Zealand, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres highlighted four key measures that Governments should follow and prioritize to achieve the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.

UN Secretary General commented

Nature does not negotiate. It’s very good to see youth in the frontline.

Thus, he called Governments to make the changes below:

Tax pollution, not people The UN chief called for an emphasis to be placed on taxes on carbon emissions, known as 'carbon pricing', instead of being placed on salaries.

  Stop subsidizing fossil fuels He noted that taxpayer money should not be used to increase the frequency of hurricanes, the spread of drought and heatwaves, the melting of glaciers and the bleaching of corals.

  Stop building new coal plants by 2020 All plants currently in operation are committing the world to around 190 giga tonnes of CO2; If all coal power plants…

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Sustainable Development Goals crucial to improve people’s lives, says IMO Sec-Gen

During his speech at Nor-Shipping 2019, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim delivered a strong reminder regarding the ever-increasing importance of balanced and sustainable development. Mr. Lim also highlighted moves to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping industry.

During his keynote address, Mr. Lim spoke about the Sustainable Development Goals, stating that they are a 'unifying factor breathing life into global efforts to improve the lives of people everywhere.' Specifically, regarding SDG 14, IMO's Sec-Gen mentioned that it deals with the oceans, and is central to IMO.

Aspects of the Organization's work can be linked to all the individual SDGs, and I believe the Organization is making good progress in working towards these goals

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Furthermore, he continued by saying that the blue economy must be sustainable. It mus…

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