TRACIT and UNCTAD examined how illicit trade impedes the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, noting that despite the recognition of international trade as an important means to achieve the SDGs, insufficient attention has been given to the substantial impact that illicit trade has on holding back progress.
EU and Canada entered into an agreement aiming to tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fisheries, marine pollution and climate change. The agreement will enable the easy implementation of the 3030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, mostly focusing on Goal 14, while also will facilitate the sustainable development of marine and maritime sectors.
Broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough highlighted that industrial overfishing is more dangerous to the ocean than plastic. According to World Economic Forum, if the ocean was an economy, it would be the seventh largest globally. Yet, instead of protecting it, humans jeopardise its future.
Norwegian Government’s State Secretary Marianne Hagen commented on maritime security in the Western Indian Ocean, during a ministerial conference. She highlighted that Somali piracy hasn’t been eradicated yet. The State Secretary noted that Norway wishes to maintain its capacity on prosecuting and imprisoning pirates here in the region, with Mauritius, the Seychelles and Kenya as important partners.
Ministers from the ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries issued a joint statement which describes illegal trade of wildlife as “among the greatest challenges of ASEAN as the economic, social and environmental repercussions are severe and widespread in scale.”
Greenland’s Minister for Fisheries, Hunting and Agriculture hosted a Signature Ceremony for an international fisheries agreement to prevent unregulated high seas fisheries in Central Arctic Ocean. Parties have taken responsibility to engage in scientific cooperation for a sustainable fishery management in the area.
The UN will take steps to protect the high seas. In two years time, government representatives will attempt to conclude in a binding agreement to protect these areas from over-exploitation. Nevertheless, many nations, including the US, are reluctant to support the treaty.
The European Union announced that is forging ever stronger green and blue links to Indonesia, the largest archipelagic country in the world, as both recognize that the success of the ‘blue’, sustainable ocean economy depends on keeping oceans healthy. EU is taking the lead to protect oceans and improve ocean governance around the globe and, on this context, they are to host the fourth “Our Ocean” conference in October 2017.
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) National Director Eduardo Gongona stressed the need for stronger enforcement measures to achieve sustainable fisheries and seafood self-sufficiency in the Philippines.
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