UN challenges Australia to protect Great Barrier ReefGuardian Unlimited | 18 Jun 2013
The Great Barrier Reef will be listed as a threatened ecosystem by the United Nations from June next year unless the government follows a series of recommendations to protect it, the World Heritage Committee has decided.
First SIDS DOCK Pacific Meeting Reviews ProgressInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 20 May 2013
The first SIDS DOCK Pacific Regional Meeting reviewed the current work of the first phase of the SIDS DOCK Support Programme and discussed its next phase. SIDS DOCK is an initiative developed by small island developing States (SIDS) for SIDS to promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, and contribute towards sustainable development with support from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank.
UNEP Video Series: Two Minutes on Oceans with Jim Toomey!rona.unep.org | 16 Apr 2013
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has partnered with cartoonist Jim Toomey – of Shermans Lagoon fame – in developing a series of six two-minute videos intended to raise awareness of the importance of oceans and the coastal environment. The videos use animation and humor to explain in clear and simple language the role oceans play in our lives and our very survival.
UN Prepares for 2014 SIDS ConferenceInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 10 Apr 2013
Preparations for the 2014 International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are underway, beginning with a planning mission led by Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, to Apia, Samoa, where the Conference will take place.
Chinese fishing fleet in African waters reports 9% of catch to UNGuardian Unlimited | 03 Apr 2013
Just 9% of the millions of tonnes of fish caught by China's giant fishing fleet in African and other international waters is officially reported to the UN, say researchers using a new way to estimate the size and value of catches. Fisheries experts have long considered that the catches reported by China to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (UNFAO) are low but the scale of the possible deception shocked the authors.
Chinese foreign fisheries catch 12 times more than reportedSea Around Us | 03 Apr 2013
Chinese fishing boats catch about US$11.5 billion worth of fish from beyond their country's own waters each year - and most of it goes unreported – this is according to a new paper led by the Sea Around Us Project, published in the journal Fish and Fisheries.
Countries agree on UN-backed guidelines to curb illegal fishingUN News Centre | 04 Mar 2013
28 February 2013 – After years of negotiations, member countries of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today agreed on a set of voluntary guidelines that target illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).
Policy Brief: Securing the Future of MangrovesUNESCO | 20 Feb 2013
Based on the 2nd edition of the World Atlas of Mangroves, the policy brief Securing the Future of Mangroves provides managers and decision-makers from around the world with straight-forward options for robust management and policy responses, and up-to-date information on the current status of mangrove ecosystems and their most pressing threats.
Environmental impact assessments in areas beyond national jurisdictioniddri.org | 19 Feb 2013
The United Nations General Assembly has been debating on the need for an implementing agreement to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. Environmental impact assessments are considered as being one of the potential topics for inclusion in a future multilateral agreement.
Britain faces UN tribunal over Chagos Islands marine reserveGuardian Unlimited | 28 Jan 2013
Britain's colonial-era decision to sever an Indian Ocean archipelago from Mauritius and turn it into a US military base will have to be justified before an international tribunal - a process that could lead to the return of the islands' exiled inhabitants.
CMS Welcomes United Nations General Assembly Resolution regarding CMS Sharks MOUConvention on Migratory Species | 17 Jan 2013
Bonn, 14 January 2013 - By adopting the wide-ranging text on Oceans and the Law of the Sea on 11 December 2012 in New York, the United Nations General Assembly has for the first time ever officially recognized the importance of the CMS MOU on Sharks for the conservation of migratory sharks within a resolution to promote a healthy marine environment as part of achieving its sustainable development goals.
Regional experts meet to assess the state of the marine environmentcep.unep.org | 09 Jan 2013
The state of the marine environment is the focus of attention as experts from across the Wider Caribbean Region meet at the World Ocean Assessment Workshop for the Wider Caribbean, held under the auspices of the United Nations in Miami, Florida, from 13-15 November.
New Website Puts Spotlight on Blue CarbonUNEP | 19 Dec 2012
Marine ecosystems, such as mangrove forests, seagrass meadows and saltwater marshes, can capture and store a significant amount of atmospheric carbon. Yet the full potential of these "blue carbon" habitats to mitigate climate change remains relatively overlooked. To improve understanding of blue carbon, and highlight innovative projects that support these critical ecosystems, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched 'The Blue Carbon Portal': http://bluecarbonportal.org
Secretary-General's remarks at 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Law of the SeaUN News Centre | 13 Dec 2012
We come together to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. When the Convention was opened for signature in 1982, it was called a constitution for the oceans. Like a constitution, it is a firm foundation -- a permanent document providing order, stability, predictability and security -- all based on the rule of law.