Ports Australia to give emphasis on sustainability

Ports Australia published a document highlighting sustainability. Named Ports and a Sustainable Australia, the report presents efforts from ports around the country to improve Australia for future generations. The report is separated into five categories provided by the World Ports Sustainability Program that sorts the UN Sustainable Development Goals in a way that can be applied to Ports.

Watch: Message of UN Chief on World Environment Day

On the occasion of the World Environment Day, the Secretary General of United Nations, Antonio Guterres, reiterated his call for global action to combat climate change and the existential threats that this brings to the planet. Air pollution is accounting for 7 million deaths every year, he noted.

Bermuda to protect 20% of its waters in marine protected areas

Bermuda will create an ocean plan to sustainably manage and improve ocean industries like fishing and tourism. It also aims to preserve 90,000 square kilometres of Bermuda’s waters in fully protected areas. In these areas, no fishing, extraction, or destruction of any kind will be allowed.

Private sector must take measures to tackle ocean health deterioration, report says

Private companies are more and more interested in maintaining and improving the health of the ocean, a new report published by the United Nations Global Compact says. The report was developed in consultation with 300 representatives of business, civil society and academia, and urges that a healthy marine environment is not only necessary for many companies’ long-term operations, but it can also offer significant business opportunities as well.

WMU, Canada join forces on gender equality in ocean science

On the sidelines of the Empowering Women in the Maritime Community Conference in early April, the World Maritime University (WMU) and the Government of Canada jointly announced a major research project on the theme ‘Empowering Women for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development’.

UN to analyze future ocean strategies at Nor-Shipping 2019

The UN Global Compact will hold a High Level Meeting on Ocean as part of Nor-Shipping 2019, gathering politicians, maritime and ocean industry executives, UN representatives, NGOs and other key stakeholders in Oslo. UNGC will also launch its new report ‘Global Goals – Ocean Opportunities’, in which it assesses a multi-stakeholder approach to how ocean industries can meet the UN Sustainability Goals.

UN Global Compact: Ten principles for sustainable companies

The UN Global Compact has set ten principles for companies to integrate them into strategies, policies and procedures, in a bid to establish a culture of integrity. Corporate sustainability starts with a company’s value system and a principles-based approach to doing business.

UN cuts economic growth forecast due to trade tensions

Due to unresolved trade tensions, high international policy uncertainty and declining business confidence, the UN announced on May 21, a broad-based slowdown in the global economy and cut its growth predictions. UN also informed that a weaker global economy puts essential investments at risk. Developing countries could feel the most impacts.

US to be affected if UN signs plastic waste pact

Reuters reports that countries are close to an agreement on tighten controls on trade in plastic waste, which would make it harder for the US, as a leading exporter, to ship unsorted plastic to emerging Asian economies for disposal.


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