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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.

IMO moves towards reduced ship emission targets

​The IMO stated that its Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships has made significant progress with work aiming to help achieve the ambitious targets of the initial IMO strategy regarding the reduction of GHG emissions from ships, further aiming at the decarbonization of the international shipping in this century.

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.

Non-tariff regulations rise in Asia-Pacific trade

UNCTAD issued its Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2019 highlighting that these tariffs affect the 58% of trade in Asia-Pacific trade, adding that the non-tariff measures (NTMs) have significantly increased in the past two decades.

UN applauds Nigeria’s antipiracy law

The UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) applauds Nigeria on its efforts of tackling maritime piracy and smuggling of rdugs by passing an antipiracy law to confront the problem in the country’s waters. Chairman, Ship Owners Forum, Mrs. Margaret Orakwusi, bemoaned the issue of illegal fishing on Nigerian waters, saying appropriate measures must be applied to stop this for the interest of the shipping industry.  

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.

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