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Celebrating One Year Anniversary of The Ocean Conference
The UN Ocean Conference, held at UN Headquarters in June 2017, brought together more than 4000 participants from governments, the UN system and other intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, academia, the scientific community and the private sector. The Conference resulted in a number of ambitious outcomes, including the adoption of the "Our Ocean, Our Future: Call for Action" declaration, co-chairs' summaries of the seven partnership dialogues that were held during the Conference, and over 1400 voluntary commitments made in support of SDG 14 by various stakeholders.

As reported in previous issues of the Ocean Action Newsletter, many important developments related to SDG 14 have taken place since June last year, including: the appointment of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean Mr. Peter Thomson; the launch of nine new Communities of Ocean Action to follow-up on the voluntary commitments on SDG 14; the proclamation of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development by the United Nations General Assembly; and the decision of the General Assembly to convene an Intergovernmental Conference on an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ Intergovernmental Conference). View Ocean Action Anniversary issue
Celebrating World Oceans Day, 8 June 2018
The United Nations World Oceans Day Portal is your hub for information on all of the events that are happening near you on June 8th. Here you can follow major World Oceans Day initiatives and projects and learn more about our shared ocean through a wealth of resources available, like videos, photos, articles and even books. You can make your own pledge to protect the ocean for future generations and share on social media. And you can become a World Oceans Day champion by organizing your own events and activities. Make sure that you register your events so that others can see it and join in. The Portal is coordinated by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), and the UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS). The Portal has been developed thanks to the support of the SUEZ Group.
Communities of Ocean Action
Coral reefs
Implementation of international law as reflected in United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
Marine and coastal ecosystems management
Marine pollution
Ocean acidification
Scientific knowledge, research capacity development and transfer of marine technology
Sustainable blue economy
Sustainable fisheries
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Ocean futures: solutions from science, #OceanAction14995
The Western Channel Observatory (WCO) is an oceanographic time-series and marine biodiversity reference site in the Western English Channel. In-situ measurements are undertaken weekly at a coastal station (now 30 years long) and fortnightly at an open shelf station. The WCO measures several factors crucial to the functioning of the marine ecosystem [more]
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Ocean futures: solutions from science, #OceanAction14995
The Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT) multidisciplinary programme, which undertakes biological, chemical and physical oceanographic research during an annual voyage between the UK and destinations in the South Atlantic. In its 23rd year the programme enables scientists to make open ocean observations through a wide latitudinal range, including the [more]
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Ocean futures: solutions from science, #OceanAction14995
Plymouth Marine Laboratory is also committed to examine the impacts of ocean acidification and other climate change stressors in the Arctic Ocean through its leadership of a new research programme Pathways and emissions of climate-relevant trace gases the a changing Arctic Ocean (PETRA). PETRA will combine chemical and biological observations with [more]
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Ocean futures: solutions from science, #OceanAction14995
Modelling and predicting ocean acidification: Plymouth Marine Laboratory has an extensive program and track record of developing predictive models that describe the onset of acidification; its interactions with other anthropogenic pressures in the marine environment and the impact of OA on ecosystem function. Our speciality is to address regional s [more]
New Commitment
Beach Clean pUmP, #OceanAction27219
As part of International Coastal Clean up Day, the Green Circle will take approximately 300 volunteers to the shore of Scotland Bay on the western peninsula of Trinidad to complete the data collection exercise to document the marine litter woes that face the country. Volunteers will pick up and record each piece of unnatural material found on t [more]
New Commitment
Critical role of Mangrove ecosystem for coastal and ocean resilience for Mauritius, #OceanAction27167
The vision of the Ministry of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping is to be an economic pillar with due regard to aquatic resources and social development for the benefit of all stakeholders. The objectives of the mangroves propagation programme are to plant mangroves in denuded area to increase coastal and ocean resilience and [more]
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RePlaROc - Remove Plastic from Rivers and Oceans, #OceanAction27152
Remove plastic waste from rivers and oceans: complete activity line - from removing plastic from rivers (most polluted rivers) and oceans till production of much needed products from plastic waste: fuel (heavy oil), electricity, drinking water, septic tanks (lowering the sewage polluted into rivers), low-cost building slabs, 3D printed low-cost hou [more]
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Ocean , #OceanAction27096
Our group is part of clean up campaigns,and finding ways to reduce carbon emissions. The following are the practices which we follow : a. Monthly clean up campaigns along Suva seashore . b. Group discussions on climate change. c. Planting of mangroves to reduce 1/3 carbon foot print .
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