UN summit delivers new pathways to address climate change

Leaders from government, business, and civil society announced potentially far-reaching steps, in order to confront climate change at the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit in New York. With carbon pollution, temperatures, and climate destruction on the rise, the Summit aspires to provide a turning point into momentum, action, and global impact.

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.

IMO announces new partnership to address biofouling

The IMO announced the launch of a collaboration with the Global Environment Facility and the United Nations Development Programme, aiming to address the negative environmental impacts of the transfer of aquatic species through ships. The GloFouling Partnerships project is expected to drive actions to implement the IMO Guidelines for the control and management of ships’ biofouling.

Investing in Coral Reefs is an urgent action to save them

Investing to coral reefs, in order to avoid their continuous reduction, could have multiple advantages for Indonesia’s and Mesoamerican Reef’s economic conditions, according to a new report. The current decline will have as a result for the world to lose up to 90% of its coral reefs in the next 30 years. That is why, private investing into coral reefs is an urgent action that could help the world’s major ecosystems.

UN Sec-Gen: Climate change near to ‘point of no return’

The world is at risk of crossing the point of no return on climate change. This would have disastrous consequences for people across the planet and the natural systems that sustain them, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned on Monday, September 10.

UN event focuses on reducing underwater noise

The nineteenth meeting of the UN Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP 19) takes place from 18 to 22 of June 2018 at the UN Headquarters in New York, under the theme “Anthropogenic underwater noise.” The aim of ICP 10 is to protect marine life from ship noise.

UN eyes treaty to protect the high seas

The treaty, which would be the first of its kind related to marine protections, would address the need for a cohesive global system to coordinate the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity and to account for the impact of human activities on the high seas, including fishing and shipping.

ICS, CMI update on maritime treaty ratification

The International Chamber of Shipping and the Comité Maritime International have released an updated brochure about the importance of governments ratifying international maritime conventions, especially those adopted by the UN IMO. 

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