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COP 25 urged to include ocean in commitment and action

Following on the heels of the first ever IPCC Special Report on the impact of climate breakdown on the ocean, State Parties at the COP 25 Conference currently underway in Madrid must finally recognize the ocean within both their commitments and action, said One Ocean representing ocean NGOs from around the world. 

COP 25 opens in Madrid to push work against climate change

The 25th UN Climate Change Conference (COP 25) opened on 2 December, in Madrid, aiming to take the next crucial steps in the UN climate change process. Following agreement on guidelines of Paris Agreement at COP 24 in Poland, a key objective is to complete several matters with respect to the full operationalization of the Paris Agreement.

UNCLOS revised draft aims to facilitate dialogue

A revised draft text of an agreement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) concerning the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction has been made available on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

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.

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