Recommendations for a continued ocean supply chain during pandemic

The UN Global Compact issued recommendations for urgent political action to keep global ocean-related supply chains moving during the COVID-19 pandemic. The recommendations are work of the COVID-19 Task Force, initiated by the UN Global Compact’s Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Business.

How can business support women amid COVID-19?

The COVID-19 outbreak has brought several disruptions to global business, most of which are yet to be seen and most of which are expected to hit women disproportionately hard, for several reasons that we explore below. So what is the business’ role in supporting women amid an unprecedented crisis for the global economy?

UN chief: ‘We will not fight climate change with a virus’

Although emissions have been reduced amid the drop of transportation activity brought by COVID-19, the world “will not fight climate change with a virus”, noted UN chief António Guterres while speaking at the launch of a wide-ranging UN climate report in New York in early March.

UN report: Progress on gender equality remains slow

The UN issued a report examining how far the world has really come in terms of gender equality and women empowerment, since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 25 years ago. The report finds faltering progress and highlights a lack of effective action to boost women’s representation in key decision-making.

IMO, FAO to reduce marine plastic litter

In light of the global issue of marine plastic litter, IMO and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) shake their hands and inked an agreement  in order to prevent and reduce marine plastic litter coming from shipping and fisheries.

Blue Call to Action eyes stronger global ocean governance

After a two-day preparatory meeting in New York ahead of June’s UN Ocean Conference in Portugal, earlier in February, activists handed over what they termed “A Blue Call to Action” for safeguarding the ocean to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres. 

UN Sec-Gen: Actions for the way forward in 2020

As the efforts for protecting and improving the environment escalate, UN’s Secretary General António Guterres gathered leaders on 23 September for the Climate Action Summit with concrete, realistic plans to enhance their nationally determined contributions by 2020, in line with reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45% over the next decade, and to net zero emissions by 2050.

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