IFA took part in the UN World Ocean Conference on 5-9 June 2017 in New York. The conference was planned around the World Oceans Day on 08 June, in support of the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources”.
During the Conference, one of the main topics of discussion was how to scale up action to protect oceans, with a widespread consensus on the need for new partnerships and increased community involvement. More than 1,300 Voluntary Commitments were listed during the Conference, showing a strong international and multi-sectoral support of the achievement of Goal 14.
Another important outcome of the Conference was the adoption by consensus of the intergovernmentally agreed declaration entitled “Our ocean, our future: call for action”. The document calls on stakeholders to urgently adopt actions to conserve ocean health, among them: “Actions to prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, including marine debris, nutrient pollution, untreated wastewater, solid waste discharges, hazardous substances, pollution from ships, abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear, and plastics and microplastics”. Read the “Call for Action” here.
IFA presented on this occasion its new Agenda 2030 Series paper on “Plant Nutrients and Ocean Health”, available for download here.
Read more about Ocean health and emerging issues in our expert blog, featuring the World Ocean Council’s Founding President & CEO, Paul Holthus.