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Countries set to agree on decisive and urgent actions to restore marine world to health as Ocean Conference concludes

Universal agreement on need for measures to reverse ocean deterioration

New York, 9 June—The 193 Member States of the United Nations unanimously agreed to a set of measures that will begin the reversal of the decline of the ocean’s health as the five-day Ocean Conference concluded today. The outcome document, together with more than 1,300 commitments to action, marks a breakthrough in the global approach to the management and conservation of the ocean.

The Ocean Conference, the first UN conference of its kind on the issue has raised global consciousness of ocean problems ranging from marine pollution to illegal and over fishing, from ocean acidification to lack of high seas governance. By including all stakeholders in the discussions, the Conference produced a comprehensive and actionable range of solutions.

UN Oceans Day June 8 – Bombaderry High School and UNIC Canberra beach cleanup.

On June 8 World Oceans Day the Year 8 students from Bombaderry High School undertook a big Ocean Cleanup at Seven Mile Beach near to their school.
They had also been undertaking video projects to show the rest of the school about the importance of saving our oceans and sustainable living.

Picking up plastic on the beach the UNIC Canberra Director and the students were happy that the plastic was in their bags and not in the mouths or stomachs of marine life
or polluting the world’s beautiful oceans.

Prior to the beach clean up UNIC Canberra spoke to the students at their school about the Ocean Conference and how the world is coming together to protect our oceans and that today in Bombaderry we were all playing our part. Good to know our future is in good hands, thanks to all the students.

Asia Pacific Countries Meet to Tackle Air Pollution

High-level government officials from more than 20 Asia Pacific countries, atmospheric scientists and experts and international organizations will come together in Bangkok for a week of meetings and events focusing on tackling the growing air pollution challenge which is increasingly threatening public health in the region. More than 120 participants, including foremost experts in Asia Pacific working on air pollution, are attending the 23-27 November Asia Pacific Clean Air Week organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners. Continue reading

Urgent action required to improve Asia-Pacific air quality

Emissions at a manufacturing complex in Toronto, Canada. 10 January 2007 Toronto, CanadaThe head of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), issued an urgent call for countries across the region to prioritize critical issues of air quality and human health.“Health is the single most important enabler of development,” said ESCAP Executive Secretary, Dr. Noeleen Heyzer. Continue reading