More must be done for the world's oceans: Ban

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World Oceans Day

In observance of World Oceans Day, 8 June, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for increased action to preserve oceans, which make up 70-percent of the earth's surface.

He says oceans are being threatened by pollution, overfishing, climate change and the deterioration of the marine environment.

The Secretary-General says the UN's conference on sustainable development, known as Rio+20, will be an opportunity to mobilize governments and other partners to preserve oceans.

"We will have an opportunity to address these urgent problems when the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development opens in less than two weeks. This will be a once-in-a-generation opportunity to shape the future we want. At Rio+20, I expect all partners to take steps to improve the management and conservation of oceans."

This year's World Oceans Day also coincides with the thirtieth anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). 

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