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30 companies sign up to the Sustainable Ocean Principles

Thirty companies and institutional investors have signed up to the UN Global Compact Sustainable Ocean Principles committing to take action in order to secure a healthy and productive ocean. The principles provide a foundation for companies to engage in ocean sustainability in light of the upcoming UN Ocean Conference in June 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal, and beyond.

HRAS proposes amendments on new UN Oceans Treaty

Human Rights At Sea proposes amendments to the draft agreement under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction to include International Human Rights Law.

UN Sec-Gen applauds shipping’s progress in fighting climate crisis

In the closing of the Climate Action Summit in New York, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres applauded the progress made in the shipping industry in the battle against climate crisis, commenting it as a ‘huge step’, and highlighted IMO’s 2050 target in reducing the GHG emissions by 50% by 2050.

Nine principles for healthy oceans launched

During UN’s Climate Action Summit in New York, the UN Global Compact launched the UN Sustainable Ocean Principles, providing a base for responsible business practices across sectors, in line with the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

87 major companies join forces for a 1.5°C future

A global movement of 87 companies have joined forces on the ‘Business Ambition for 1.5°C — Our Only Future’ campaign,  promising to scale up their climate ambitions by setting science-based targets aligned with limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

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.

UN launches 2019 Sustainable Development Goals report

The UN launched the ‘Sustainable Development Goals 2019’ focusing on the progress that has been made from the day that the 2030 Agenda was set; The report answers whether, being 10 years away from 2030, makes the world ready to deal with sustainability and changes and whether the 13 SDGs have been achieved.

Panama Canal, UN Environment join forces on sustainable development

The Panama Canal and UN Environment signed a cooperation agreement to join efforts on sustainable development and combating climate change. The agreement includes the exchange of experiences and knowledge, the development of programs and research in areas of shared interest, and human resources training across both institutions.

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. 

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