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United Nations Ocean Conference: Mobilizing the global community to protect the world’s oceans July 05,2017   |  Source: Foodtank

The first-ever United Nations Oceans Conference was held earlier this year in June, attracting more than 6,000 government officials, institutions, and civil society organizations to discuss the challenges facing the world’s oceans. Coinciding with United Nations Oceans Day, the five-day conference concluded with a global Call for Action to reverse the decline of the ocean’s health, and more than 1,300 pledged actions for protecting the global resource.

The first United Nations forum of its kind on the issue, the Ocean Conference assembled to discuss and promote the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14—to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources—generating new dialogues and partnerships aimed at implementing solutions.

“The decline of the health of the world’s ocean has not [been at the] forefront of discussions, largely because the deterioration of the marine environment was taking place out of sight and underwater. The Ocean Conference worked to raise awareness about the decline of marine habitats and biodiversity due to pollution, particularly from plastics, the impacts of overfishing, and the impacts of climate change on the ocean in terms of sea level rise, ocean warming, and ocean acidification. Along with


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