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News by Topic: Oceans & Seas
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The Ocean Race launches Relay4Nature
7 May 2021 -
Note from Special Envoys on Blue Foods
6 May 2021 -
Sustainable Blue Foods are Vital to Global Food Security
5 May 2021 -
Ocean Action Newsletter Vol.17
3 May 2021 -
Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Ocean Statement 2021
3 May 2021 -
President Piñera Announces Chile Will Advance A Proposal To Fully Protect An Area Of The High Seas In The Southestern Pacific, The First Of Its Kind
22 Apr 2021 -
Letter from Special Envoy to UNFCCC on COP26 and the Ocean-Climate Nexus
20 Apr 2021 -
EIB and WWF Side Event, World Bank Spring Meetings
16 Apr 2021 -
Implementing SDG 14 with the Communities of Ocean Action, Opening Remarks by UNSG’s Special Envoy, Ambassador Peter Thomson
31 Mar 2021 -
Which Knowledge for which Sustainable Ocean Governance? Closing Address by Ambassador Peter Thomson, UNSG’s Special Envoy for the Ocean
31 Mar 2021 -
Ocean Plastics Leadership Network, Speech by Ambassador Peter Thomson, UNSG’s Special Envoy for the Ocean
28 Mar 2021 -
24 Mar 2021 -
The Ocean, Our Climate and Weather, WMO Bulletin
23 Mar 2021 -
World Meteorological Day, speech by Ambassador Peter Thomson, UNSG’s Special Envoy for the Ocean
23 Mar 2021 -
The U.N. is calling on governments and big business to help protect the world’s oceans
17 Mar 2021 -
2 Mar 2021 -
Why ocean literacy is crucial for the leaders of tomorrow
26 Feb 2021 -
The Ocean that Belongs to Us All, Clube de Lisboa Conference, Closing Remarks by Ambassador Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean
23 Feb 2021 -
“Ocean Action for Sustainability – Building a Global Vision to tackle Plastic Pollution”, High-Level UNEP virtual event, Remarks by Ambassador Peter Thomson, UNSG’s Special Envoy for the Ocean.
17 Feb 2021 -
A message from Ambassador Peter Thomson, UNSG’s Special Envoy for the Ocean to the IOC-UNESCO Ocean Literacy Training Courses
10 Feb 2021 -
International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification 2020 Progress Report
5 Feb 2021 -
What can corporations do to help save the ocean?
14 Jan 2021 -
State of the ocean will ultimately determine the survival of our species’: UN Special Envoy
11 Jan 2021 -
A deep dive into Zero Hunger: farming the seas
15 Nov 2020 -
Race to Zero: Fighting Climate Change: Ocean as Part of the Solution/Nature-Based Solutions
12 Nov 2020 -
BNP Paribas On-line Discussion, Blue Economy: An Ocean of Opportunities?
6 Nov 2020 -
3rd New Space Atlantic Summit Clean Oceans with Clean Space
30 Oct 2020 -
Third Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean, ESCAP, Bangkok
29 Oct 2020 -
Statement by Ambassador Peter Thomson, UNSG’s Special Envoy for the Ocean on SDG14.6 & WTO Negotiations
18 Oct 2020 -
UN Decade of Ocean Science - UNGA Information Session
15 Oct 2020 -
16th Infofish World Tuna Trade Conference Virtual Pre Event
14 Oct 2020 -
GLOWING GLOWING GONE - Message from Ambassador Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean
8 Oct 2020 -
Global Fund for Coral Reefs—Mobilizing Action and Resources for Coral Reef Survival and Strengthened Resilience of Reef-dependent Communities
16 Sep 2020 -
Tuna Traceability Declaration
16 Sep 2020 -
OECD High-Level Virtual Launch of the Report Sustainable Ocean All - Harnessing the Benefits of Sustainable Ocean Economies for Developing Countries
8 Sep 2020 -
Commonwealth Heads of Government Interim Report, Publication
25 Jun 2020 -
Meaningful ocean action is needed to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 14, says United Nations Ambassador
8 Jun 2020 -
Communities Taking Ocean Action
8 Jun 2020 - Communities Taking Ocean Action
The High Seas: Operating within the Global Commons
8 Jun 2020 - The High Seas: Operating within the Global Commons
Peter Thomson: Debemos reducir drasticamente nuestras emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero sin mas excusas o demoras
8 Jun 2020 -
Dogged pragmatism needed to save Ocean: UN Special Envoy
2 Jun 2020 -
The road to a blue-green recovery
28 May 2020 -
12th International Forum on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing
18 May 2020 -
VOICES OF THE OCEAN DECADE : Q&A with Peter Thomson - ‘Our future health depends on the health of the ocean’
27 Apr 2020 -
Ocean health
27 Apr 2020 -
Increasing finance for a healthy ocean
20 Apr 2020 -
5 Dec 2019 -
Listen to the podcast: Sustainable BlueEconomy will look after us… if we look after the ocean and if we give it the respect it deserves.
20 Nov 2019 -
Public Forum 2019 - Session 7 - 2020 Vision: How Successful Conclusion of Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations Can Demonstrate that the WTO is Adapting to a Changing World
7 Oct 2019 -
Our universal task is clear
23 Sep 2019 -
The Ocean Is in Trouble and Current Global Commitments Aren’t Enough to Save It
12 Sep 2019 -
Conference of the Group of Parliaments of the Pacific Islands (GPIP)
10 Sep 2019 -
INTERVIEW-Ocean treaty needed to tackle 'deep trouble', says UN envoy
31 Aug 2019 -
UN oceans envoy Thomson backs Chile to assume leadership on IUU fight, Undercurrent News
8 Aug 2019 -
La pesca ilegal y la contaminación enferman los océanos, alerta la ONU, AFP
8 Aug 2019 -
Chile ya tiene una victoria al estar organizando una COP azul, El Mercurio
8 Aug 2019 -
Listen OECD: Sea change: a talk with UN Special Envoy for the Ocean, Peter Thomson
17 Apr 2019 -
Spring Meetings 2019 Global Voices: Interview with Amb. Thomson, Facebook Live
13 Apr 2019 -
North Atlantic Seafood Forum Round-Up: Radical salmon farming concepts; Mowi name change; fishmeal predictions (IntraFish)
12 Mar 2019 -
Underwater mountains, deep craters and lost shipwrecks could be discovered thanks to $3 BILLION project to map every part of the Earth's ocean floor (Daily Mail)
5 Mar 2019 -
2019: The Year to End Harmful Fisheries Subsidies
8 Jan 2019 - A truth that is fundamental to humanity's existence is that the Ocean sustains life on planet Earth. Think only of the way the Ocean provides us with over 50% of the oxygen...
How Are the Communities of Ocean Action Addressing Climate Change?
7 Dec 2018 - The United Nations has launched nine thematic multi-stakeholder COAs to follow-up on the implementation of these voluntary commitments...
East Asian Seas Congress to be celebrated in November 2018
18 Jul 2018 -
UN DESA launches revamped Voluntary Commitments platform to drive Ocean Action for SDG 14
18 Dec 2017 -
Building Communities of Ocean Action on Marine pollution
6 Dec 2017 - At The Ocean Conference, held in June 2017 at UN headquarters in New York to further implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 aimed at conserving and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources...
16 Nov 2017 - This Side Event is intended to be a demonstration of the Co-Organizer’s commitment, focus and continued political emphasis on the issue of Loss and Damage. It highlights the need for and serves to encourage all stakeholders, in the spirit of the Paris Agreement, to address the issue of Loss and Damage in a more focussed and coherent manner.
The Ocean Action Newsletter #2 is online
9 Nov 2017 - To follow-up on the implementation of the over 1,400 Ocean Conference Voluntary Commitments...
Our Ocean Conference
5 Oct 2017 - The European Union organized and hosted the 4th edition of the “Our Ocean Conference” in Malta from 5 – 6 October 2017. The first three conferences were organized by the US Department of State and held in Washington, DC. The 2018 conference will take place in Indonesia. Norway will be the host in 2019, and Palau in 2020.
Check the new Ocean Action Newsletter
3 Oct 2017 - On 12 September 2017, Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the 71st session of the General Assembly, as his Special Envoy for the Ocean.
Secretary-General Appoints Peter Thomson of Fiji Special Envoy for Ocean
12 Sep 2017 -
The UN follows up on the Ocean Conference Voluntary Commitments for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14
7 Sep 2017 - In June 2017, at The Ocean Conference, 193 Member States of the United Nations committed to a set of ambitious measures that will begin the reversal of the decline of the ocean’s health. The Conference outcome document - Our Ocean, Our Future: Call for Action - together with close to 1,400 voluntary commitments for concrete action made by governments, the United Nations system, civil society organizations, academia, the scientific community, and the private sector, marked a global breakthrough in the management and conservation of the ocean, and for advancing implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14).
Making commitments to save our ocean
11 Apr 2017 - Healthy oceans are critical for sustaining life, eliminating poverty and promoting prosperity. The time is now to move from words to actions to conserve and sustainably use our oceans, seas and marine resources.
Blog: treasure or tragedy – our ocean commons
23 Mar 2017 - The sea was a bit too choppy for my liking. But there was a volcano erupting inland. The sea looked like a safer option! I took the plunge and jumped off the boat with my snorkel and fins.

Around me was a new world. So serene, so many layers...
Healthy oceans are needed for a sustainable future
20 Mar 2017 - Yet mankind has put the oceans at risk of irreversible damage. Overfishing, ocean acidification, increasing pollution, unsustainable coastal development, and the unwanted impacts of extracting resources have resulted in a decreasing abundance of marine species as well as decreasing economic benefits to small island developing States and Least Developed Countries.
Blog: ocean acidification – what it means and how to stop it
14 Mar 2017 - What is ocean acidification, and why is it so important to ocean sustainability and therefore to the SDG agenda?
Blog: Celebrating the crucial role of women in fisheries on International Women's Day 2017
8 Mar 2017 -
Blog: The way forward for reducing marine pollution
6 Mar 2017 -
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