On 15-16 February 2017 in the United Nations Headquarters in New York, Legambiente has participated to the two-day preparatory meeting for the Ocean Conference that will be held from 5 to 9 June 2017 in New York.
The main aim of the Ocean Conference will be to support the implementation of the SDG14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development) and as consequence to be the game changer that will reverse the decline in the health of our ocean for people, planet and prosperity. It will be solutions-focused with engagement from all. For this reason, it has been very important to meet during the preparatory meeting all different kind of stakeholders involved (NGO, civil society organisations, academic institutes, researches, private actors).
Today, oceans are in a dramatic situation. Chemical pollution, marine waste, aggression to the coasts and marine ecosystems, illegal and destructive fishing practices, climate change: these are just some of the threats to their health. However it is from the oceans (from their temperature, their chemical balance, their currents and biodiversity), that depend the Earth’s climate, the availability of water and food, and also the oxygen and the quality of air we breathe.
Thanks to the experience gained with the awareness campaign “Green Schooner” and “Clean Up the med”, the studies on the marine and beach litter and the promotion of a call of plastic bags in the Mediterranean area, Legambiente believes that there are some key points to be included among the actions for achieving Objective # 14 for the protection of seas and oceans. The key points that Legambiente has underlined during the conference are the following:
• Recognizing the importance of citizen science, namely the participation of ordinary citizens in research activities, in monitoring, data collection, advocacy and political pressure, both nationally and internationally.
• adoption of decisive policies and actions aiming at combating the marine litter in the Mediterranean.
Listen the Legambiente speech (from minute 20)