Speaking at a high-level discussion on Sustainable Development Goal No. 14 (STG14) on the 2030 Agenda on Tuesday – referring to the protection and sustainable use of the seas – the Turkish ambassador urged the formulation of strong policies in favor of marine ecosystems.
He acknowledged the attitude of countries and cities to prioritize coastal and maritime areas over tourism, as well as efforts to regulate illegal fishing, maritime traffic and segregation of resources.
At the Second Ocean Summit to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, Bosgir suggested thinking and using concrete solutions to come up with “proven evidence for progress” on an as-yet-specified date.
For his part, Peter Thompson, UN Special Rapporteur on the Oceans, outlined the importance of compliance with SDG14, for which he called for the creation of a ‘sustainable blue economy’.
Similarly, the official noted the effects of marine pollution by plastic waste in the material-dependent world, for which he recommended investing in infrastructure aimed at generalizing recycling methods.
There were announcements from various countries promoting sustainable development and reconciliation between people and marine natural resources.
The oceans provide food, livelihood, and security for more than a billion people worldwide; The value of ocean-related economic activity exceeds $ 1.5 trillion annually.
Experts estimate that carbon dioxide emissions and pollution will increase the acidity of the oceans by 100 to 150 percent by 2100, affecting marine flora and fauna.
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