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Ending harmful fisheries subsidies is crucial, UNCTAD says

In spite of a clear decline in certain fish populations, many fisheries subsidies still promote illegal fishing, overfishing and overcapacity, according to UNCTAD, adding that their removal is a priority. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 33% of the world’s fish resources are overfished, while around 60% are fished at maximum biologically sustainable levels.  

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.

46 states sign new Singapore convention on mediation

On 7 August 2019, a total of 46 states signed the new UN Convention on international settlement agreements resulting from mediation (the Singapore convention on mediation), at a ceremony at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore.

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. 

UN launches draft of New, Legally Binding UN Law of the Sea Regulations

The UN launched the Draft of New, Legally Binding U.N. Law of the Sea Regulations. WOC has been part of the Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) process from the time it ensured that the ocean business community is present and interested in developing the most crucial new legal regime for the ocean since the establishment of the U.N. Law of the Sea.

UN launches Climate Change 2018 report

The United Nations launched their UN Climate Change Annual report that reflects the key achievements of the UNFCCC process and the activities of the secretariat, particularly their impact in relation to the implementation of the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, while it also presents the outcomes of COP 24 and a look ahead.

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