News and Updates - oceans
UN Secretary-General warns that the relationship between people and the ocean is under threat
5 June 2017 , New York - The United Nations Secretary-General , António Guterres warned the assembly at the opening of the Ocean Conference that the special realtionship between people…
UN Ocean Conference ‘dream come true’ for Caribbean nations such as Trinidad and Tobago
Protecting the oceans is among the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the blueprint for a more just and equitable world adopted by the 193 Member States of the…
UN-backed projects in the Caribbean highlight connection between life on land and life below water
26 May 2017 – The vital role of the world's oceans in human well-being and development is being highlighted next month as the United Nations hosts a global conference aimed…
Next month's ocean conference eyes cutting $35 billion in fisheries subsidies – UN trade officials
10 May 2017 – Harmful fishing subsidies that contribute to overfishing are estimated to be as high as $35 billion, fisheries experts from the United Nations trade and development agency…
UN mission to keep plastics out of the oceans
27 April 2017 – There will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by 2050 unless people stop using single-use plastic items such as plastic bags and plastic…
Conference Calendar highlights:
6 June 2017 - 3 to 6 PM ( New York time)
7 June 2017. 10:00 AM to 1 PM ( New York time)
8 June 2017. 3 to 6 PM
9 June 2017. 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Video - Trinidad and Tobago empowering the local community.
produced by United Nations Department of Public Information 2017.
SDG 14 - life below water
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Caribbean Environment Programmehe Cartagena Convention is the first and only UN Environment established the Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP) in 1981 as one of its Regional Seas Programmes in recognition of the importance and value of the Wider Caribbean Region’s fragile and vulnerable coastal and marine ecosystems including endemic plants and animals.
Countries of the region then adopted an Action Plan also in 1981 that led to the development and adoption of the Cartagena Convention on 24 March 1983. regionally binding treaty of its kind.
It promotes the protection and development of the marine environment of the Region and provides the legal framework for the Caribbean Environment Programme.
It is supported by three technical agreements or protocols on oil spills, specially protected areas and wildlife and land-based sources of marine pollution.
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Voluntary commitments at a glance