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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.
New York, 8 June - The UN Development Programme (UNDP), Equator Initiative and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme launched a new report - Making Waves: Community Solutions, Sustainable Oceans coinciding with the 15th Anniversary of the Equator Initiative and the World Oceans Day, as part of the historic Ocean Conference (5-9 June) to renew momentum towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, Life Below Water.
As the international community focuses this week on preserving the health of global oceans and seas, the United Nations agencies on agriculture, environment and trade are committing to the sustainable trade of fisheries. The agencies - the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) - are due to announce the commitment today at The Ocean Conference, which opened yesterday at UN Headquarters in New York and wraps up on Friday, 9 June.
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