Ocean Action Hub

Policymakers and experts call on UNCTAD to play a leading role in research, finance and technical assistance to conserve and sustainably use the ocean, seas and marine resources.

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The quest to compile the definitive map of Earth's ocean floor has edged a little nearer to completion. Modern measurements of the depth and shape of the seabed now encompass 20.6% of the total area under water.

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Story highlights

  • Much of the ocean is fished by multinational corporations and their subsidiaries and suppliers. Questions remain over their sense of stewardship
  • A team of scientists, industry experts and civil society representatives analysed the sustainable seafood movement of the past 50 years
  • They identified four dimensions in which efforts by actors within the seafood industry have aligned with theoretical concepts of stewardship
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Paris, 8 June – In the context of global celebrations for World Oceans Day, UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission announced the first Actions officially endorsed as part of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, 2021-2030 (the ‘Ocean Decade’).

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The President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Volkan Bozkır, convened this one-day High-level Event on the Ocean, four years after the 2017 UN Ocean Conference, to drum up momentum by enabling a review of progress and actions required in the lead up to the Second UN Ocean Conference to conven in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2022.

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In this issue, read the following feature stories, as well as other related documents and reports, events and opportunities, on the ocean:

  • SIDS urge the global community to come together to address the biggest challenge of the oceans
  • BlueDIGITAL to redesign MSME's traditional model and bridge the digital divide for bluer and greener future
  • Building back bluer: How blue financing can sustain community-led marine conservation in Fiji 
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The aim of this event is to raise awareness and dissemination information on the Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) Definitive Volume, known as the “eBook”.

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Fish represent one of the most important sources of food protein to humanity, supplying 17 percent of total animal protein consumed globally.

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New York, 9 March 2021 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today announced the nine winners of the 2020 Ocean Innovation Challenge (

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Here are some article's highlitghts: 

  • 2050 is predicted to be a bleak milestone for the oceans - but it's not too late to avert disaster.
  • Here are 10 actions the world can take to strengthen and preserve our oceans for generations to come.
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new report on Coral Reef Restoration launched today kickstarts the launch of the 

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14 Dec 2020 - Oceans are acutely sensitive to climate change. Guatemala's new monitoring system will track changes in sea level and water temperature, fish catch and reef health.
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