Angola attends UN meeting on oceans

At the meeting on “A Blue World: preserving the oceans, safeguarding the planet, guaranteeing human well-being in the context of Agenda 2030”, the Angolan delegation also also integrated the MP Maria Isabel Camue and parliamentary staff Nildeice Barrica.

A study presented by the United Nations in January 2016 concluded that oceans are in danger due to overexploitation of resources, deterioration of marine life and loss of biodiversity caused by human activity, jeopardizing the sustainability of the planet’s ecosystem.

Entitled “First Integrated Global Assessment of Oceans,” the study provides a scientific and socio-economic assessment that can provide an information base for ocean-related decisions for both governments and other entities.

For a long time the oceans were used as a garbage dump, food source or minerals readily available, or even as an unlimited leisure or commercial space, without concern for the long-term effects produced by these activities.

In recent decades, the UN has developed a legal framework to encourage governments and, through them, other stakeholders, such as business, to take action, including corrective action. The study recommends the sustainable use of the oceans through the consistent management of all sectors of human activities.

According to experts, the greatest threat to the oceans is caused by the delay in implementing the measures already determined to save them, leading to greater environmental, social and economic costs. Experts warn that the load capacity of the oceans is close to reaching, or is already at its limit.

With this regard, the UN General Assembly encouraged States to consider the First Integrated Global Assessment of Oceans in various processes, such as the Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea, and recognized the document as a support for the implementation of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable development.

Source: Angola Press News Agency