UN CALLING ASIA: Palau’s waters to become the world’s largest marine sanctuary

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Palau is increasing efforts to protect its environment by declaring a ban on foreign commercial fishing to create the world’s largest marine sanctuary. President Tommy Remengesau of Palau issued the statement in a briefing to the press on Tuesday, at UN headquarters in New York.  The Pacific Island nation has decided to close its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), an area of more than 600,000 square kilometres, to enforce its newly-proposed ban. Jocelyne Sambira has more.

Nepalese peacekeepers arrive in South Sudan

266 Nepalese peacekeepers arrived at UNMISS on 4 February 2014. Photo: UNMISS/Isaac Billy

Two hundred and sixty Nepalese troops have arrived in Juba in South Sudan to join the United Nations peacekeeping mission, UNMISS. The Nepalese force, which follows an advance party of 25 soldiers from Nepal which arrived in January, will be deployed at UN sites for the protection of IDPs, people displaced by the ongoing conflict. An increase of 5,500 peacekeepers was mandated by the UN Security Council following an upsurge in fighting in South Sudan.  Regina Gorle witnessed the arrival of the peacekeepers in Juba, the South Sudanese capital.

A fish vendor and his wares, Rome, Italy.

Fisheries sector knowledge transferred among global south nations

Asian countries can demonstrate to nations in the global south how best to develop their fish and aquaculture industries according to the United Nations. The industries are growing rapidly in Asia and now, more of this knowledge is being transferred to places like Africa. Oceans and fisheries are among the topics under discussion in meetings of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals taking place in New York. Arni Mathiesen, head of the fisheries department at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, is one of the participants in these meetings. Mr. Mathiesen told UN Radio’s Derrick Mbatha that on average, the consumption of fish is very high in Asia.

Presenter: Beng Poblete-Enriquez

Duration: 10'00"


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