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9 Jun 2017 - The future looks much brighter for the world’s oceans after a United Nations summit agreed a flurry of actions to tackle the crisis in our seas.

Delegates and campaigners hailed the meeting as a potential game-changer as world leaders pledged to clamp down on plastic river pollution in East Asia, protect crucial barrier reefs and reduce the spread of contaminated water leaking from the ballast of giant tankers.

Unprecedented show of ocean unity

The week-long summit in New York, which finished yesterday, brought an unprecedented show of global unity around the need to tackle the crisis in the oceans, as pollution, climate change and melting ice wreak havoc on coastal communities and marine life around the world, they say.

However, they cautioned that only time well tell how effectively the clear intent to deal with the problem will translate into meaningful action. “This has been the biggest demonstration of interest in protecting our oceans – the biggest commitment to action. It’s really good, everybody is doing something,” said Andrew Hudson, head of the water and ocean governance progamme at the United Nations Development Programme.

“This has been the biggest demonstration of interest in protecting our oceans – the biggest commitment to action. It’s really good, everybody is doing something” Andrew Hudson

“Of course the issue now is whether people do what they say they are going to do when they get home? But the good thing is that in many cases these are firm commitments,” he added. Greenpeace Nordic oceans campaigner Frida Bengtsson said this week’s summit has the potential to galvanise support for our seas in the way that a United Nations conference did for battle against climate change in 2014.

“This conference could well be like Ban Ki Moon’s summit on climate change, which ignited more climate change – but it is too early to tell,” she said.

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/environment/un-oceans-summit-brings-...

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Publication date: 
09/06/2017
Publication Organisation: 
i News UK
Publication Author: 
Tom Bawden
Keyword/s: 
Microplastics, Coral
Thematic Area: 
Ocean Conference
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