Fijian culture on show at Oceans Conference

The UN Ocean Conference being held in NY from June 5 to 9 provides us with the opportunity to turn this around.

The aim is to find solutions to some of the toughest problems facing the oceans - that includes coral bleaching, plastic pollution, overfishing and rising sea levels.

We created these problems.

The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, has warned that a range of factors are damaging the world's oceans.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has opened the first-ever United Nations conference on oceans with a warning that the lifeblood of the planet is "under threat as never before", with one recent study warning that discarded plastic garbage could outweigh fish by 2050 if nothing is done.

The call to action is expected to be signed and released at some point during the week-long conference, which will bring government officials, ocean advocates and some heads of state to NY.

Previous global meetings on problems facing the oceans have taken place, but World Wildlife Fund global marine programme director John Tanzer described this one as "historic" because the talks are under the auspices of the United Nations for the first time.

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Effective conservation of our oceans contributes to a healthy environment and a sustainable economy for future generations.

06 de junio de 2017, 17:01United Nations, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the worldwide community today to foster dialogue and cooperation in areas with cross-border waters, as a way to prevent conflicts. "Our planet, the human family and life in all its myriad forms on Earth are in the throes of a water crisis that will only get worse over the coming decades", he said. Illegal and destructive fishing practices, along with harmful fisheries subsidies, are driving our fish-stocks to tipping points of collapse.

Kicking off the UN Ocean Conference June 4 is the inaugural World Ocean Festival, a day of celebration calling upon people to be "A Collective Voice for the World's Ocean".

Fiji will take the main stage this week on the global front when it co-hosts the United Nations Oceans Conference with Sweden in NY.

Ambassador Shava expressed hope that the conference, to be dubbed "Our Oceans, Our Future: Call for Action", to support the implementation of Goal 14, would be a co-operative effort to ensure the pooling of financial and technical resources as well as technology sharing and capacity-building.

The commitment on fisheries is one of some 850 commitments made at the Conference so far.

There was also a large turnout of leaders and representatives of the small island developing states (SIDS), which are among the first to bear the brunt of pollution and climate change.

  • Douglas Reid