Ocean Action Hub

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

  1. SIDS take the “blue” route as 63-year record-high global CO2 emissions set to impact the oceans
  2. New report suggests that more destructive ocean waves are attributed to the oceans absorbing 90% of the planet's heat
  3. A 20% increase in observer coverage assisted by electronic monitoring (EM) programs can improve the sustainability of tuna fisheries
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G7 leaders recently announced that “our world must not only become net zero, but also nature positive, for the benefit of both people and the planet.”

Nature positive is a disruptive idea and it is a new business model based on regeneration, resilience and recirculation – not destruction and pollution.

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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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Gathering more than 2000 participants and viewers online, the UNDP World Oceans Day 2021 event “A Conversation with the 2020 UNDP Ocean Innovators” highlighted a suite of inspirational ocean protection and restoration projects the UNDP is supporting through the Ocean Innovation Challenge.

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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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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 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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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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