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United Nations Readies For First-Ever Ocean Conference

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United Nations Readies For First-Ever Ocean Conference

Source: UN News Centre - March 24, 2017

Over a year ago, on 20 February 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston made a category 5 landfall along the north coast of Fiji's largest, most populous more…

Microplastics in the Ocean Outnumber the Stars in the Sky and What the United Nations Is Doing About It

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Microplastics in the Ocean Outnumber the Stars in the Sky and What the United Nations Is Doing About It

Source: EcoWatch/Lorraine Chow - February 28, 2017

The United Nations is "declaring war" on the biggest sources of planetary pollution—ocean plastic. On Thursday, the intergovernmental organization's environment program (UNEP) launched its #CleanSeas campaign at more…

The United Nations Launches a Bold New Plan to Make Ocean Trash History

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The United Nations Launches a Bold New Plan to Make Ocean Trash History

Source: The Huffington Post/Eleanor Goldberg - February 24, 2017

The way things are going now, our oceans will contain more plastic than fish by 2050. An ambitious United Nations campaign aims to stop this more…

The United Nations and the Ocean

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The United Nations and the Ocean

Source: World Ocean Radio/Peter Neill - February 7, 2017

On February 13th and 14th Peter Neill, director of the World Ocean Observatory, will be in New York City to moderate a United Nations Inter-Parliamentary more…

The United Nations’ Diverse Agenda for 2017 Includes the Ocean, Tuberculosis, and Killer Robots

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The United Nations’ Diverse Agenda for 2017 Includes the Ocean, Tuberculosis, and Killer Robots

Source: Inter Press Service/Lyndal Rowlands - January 16, 2017

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - UN member states hope to reach agreement on a diverse range of global issues in 2017, from managing the world’s oceans to more…

Obama Calls for New Global Business Model to Combat Climate Change During Final UN Address

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Obama Calls for New Global Business Model to Combat Climate Change During Final UN Address

Source: Business Insider/Jeremy Berke - September 22, 2016

Obama gave his final address to the United Nations on Tuesday, where he discussed how investing in new technologies can help combat climate change, among other issues.

He more…

Small Island Nations With Big Ocean Visions

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Small Island Nations With Big Ocean Visions

Source: The Huffington Post/Marlene Moses - September 8, 2016

Over the next two weeks I will be representing the world’s smallest nation, the Republic of Nauru, at a meeting at the United Nations aimed more…

UNESCO Considers Ways to Apply World Heritage Convention to the Open Ocean

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UNESCO Considers Ways to Apply World Heritage Convention to the Open Ocean

Source: UN News Centre - August 4, 2016

A United Nations-backed report launched this week explores the different ways the international treaty governing the inscription of world heritage sites may one day apply to more…

Troubled Waters: Conflict in the South China Sea Explained

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Troubled Waters: Conflict in the South China Sea Explained

Source: The Conversation/John Rennie Short, University of Maryland - May 25, 2016

A United Nations arbitration court will soon rule over the sovereignty of islands in the South China Sea, a territorial dispute between China and the more…

Why We Need a New United Nations Oceans Treaty

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Why We Need a New United Nations Oceans Treaty

Source: The Washington Post/Jessica F. Green - April 27, 2016

The oceans are in bad shape. The high seas — like the moon, outer space and Antarctica — can’t be claimed by any nation. They are “areas more…