UN Global Perspective Special: Looking ahead to The Ocean Conference: safeguarding life below seaListen /
The Ocean Conference is being convened by the UN in June, as a call to action for Member States to conserve the world's seas, and advance Sustainable Development Goal 14, which focusses on safeguarding all marine life and ecosystems.
More than 3.5 billion people rely on the ocean for their primary source of food, and an estimated 40 million are employed by the ocean economy, which is worth $US21 trillion, according to the UN.
This week we will be hearing from some of the senior officials and political leaders who will be heading up The Ocean Conference, including Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly; Isabelle Lovin, Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden as well as climate and international development minister; Semi Koroilavesau, Fiji's Minister for Fisheries, and Wu Hongbo, head of the UN Economic and Social Affairs department.
Matthew Wells reports.