UN / OCEAN SPECIAL ENVOY

12-Sep-2017 00:00:57
UN Secretary-General has appointed Peter Thomson of Fiji as his Special Envoy for the Ocean. The envoy's goal is to galvanize concerted efforts to follow up on the outcomes of the United Nations (UN) Ocean Conference and to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 12 SEPTERMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Exterior, United Nations Headquarters

12 SEPTERMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Peter Thomson, Special Envoy for the Ocean:
“We are going to be looking at the greatly lifting the number of those voluntary commitments. We are going to be helping them implement those voluntary commitments. And we are going to push it on through until 2020. I really want you to be thinking when you think ocean actions about a three years’ programme.”
4. Wide shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Peter Thomson, Special Envoy for the Ocean:
“Everything we do operates within this fundament of climate: the air we breathe - the oceans that provide us with that air. And accumulated human activity is putting us out of balance with that fundament. And so climate action, ocean action, terrestrial eco-system action. These to me are the urgent work at hand for humanity.”
6. Wide shot, press briefing room
STORYLINE
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Peter Thomson of Fiji as his Special Envoy for the Ocean, aiming at galvanizing concerted efforts to follow up on the outcomes of the United Nations (UN) Ocean Conference in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, maintaining the momentum for action to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Speaking to reporters today (12 Sep) in New York, Thomson said that he will ensure the many positive outcomes of The Ocean Conference, including the close to 1400 voluntary commitments, are fully analysed and implemented, adding that “we are going to push it on through until 2020. I really want you to be thinking when you think ocean actions about a three years’ programme.”

Responding to a question on the challenges going forward, he said “accumulated human activity is putting us out of balance with that fundament,” adding that climate action, ocean action, terrestrial eco-system action are “the urgent work at hand for humanity.”

Thomson will lead UN’s advocacy and public outreach efforts inside and outside of the UN system, and also work with civil society, the scientific community, the private sector, and other relevant stakeholders, to coalesce and encourage their activities in support of the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14.

Thomson served as Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN and President of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly during which he provided visionary leadership in guiding the preparation of The Ocean Conference.
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