UN chief warns of serious clean water shortages by 2050

Posted June 08, 2017

A three- member delegation representing Friends of Marine Life, a city- based NGO, left here for NY on Saturday to participate in the Ocean Conference to be held at the United Nations headquarters from June 5 to 9.

Marine and coastal ecosystems include marine living resources and important habitats such as coral reefs, sea-grass beds, which are crucial for sustainable oceans and seas.

According to the United Nations secretary-general, there are more than 270 basins in the world at worldwide borders, a panorama that increases the need for cooperation.

Speaking at the opening session of the conference, Peter Thomson, president of the UN General Assembly, sought to highlight its significance.

In addition to marking voluntary commitments, participants this week are also due to adopt, by consensus, a "Call to Action" to protect the world's oceans and seas. Those factors, he emphasized, had made the USA the "main threat to Mother Earth and to life itself".

The Ocean Conference, the first ever such summit convened by the United Nations, will focus on the targets outlined in the 3030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by Governments in 3015.

"We must put aside short-term national gain to prevent long-term global catastrophe", Guterres said. The commitment identifies four minimum outcomes, including: provisions for transparent notification of all relevant fisheries subsidies; prohibition of subsidies that contribute to overfishing and overcapacity and those that undermine sustainable development, food and nutritional security; instruments and tools to deter introduction of new harmful subsidies; and special attention and treatment to developing countries, in particular the least developed countries (LDCs) and SIDS.

Ambassador Shava expressed hope that the conference, to be dubbed "Our Oceans, Our Future: Call for Action", to support the implementation of Goal 14, would be a co-operative effort to ensure the pooling of financial and technical resources as well as technology sharing and capacity-building.

That is why Sweden and Fiji jointly took the initiative to organise the UN Ocean Conference.

"The Ocean Conference, the first United Nations conference of its kind on the issue, is hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden will kick it off with a special cultural ceremony at 0900 on 5 June, prior to the formal opening", the statement said.

On Friday, the almost 200 countries will issue a Call for Action to address marine issues, which urges nations to implement voluntary long-term measures to reduce the use of plastics and counteract sea-level rise that threatens the economies of many island nations, rising ocean temperatures and increasing ocean acidity under U.N.

There was also a large turnout of leaders and representatives of the small island developing states (SIDS), which are among the first to bear the brunt of pollution and climate change.