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Members of civil society and philanthropic organisations handed over their ‘RISE UP- A Blue Call to Action’ to UN chief Antonio Guterres which represents their plan of action for the UN Ocean Conference set to take place in June. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 05 FEBRUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

05 FEBRUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Pan left, Guterres meeting with civil society representatives
3. Wide shot, Guterres being handed ‘RISE UP- A Blue Call to Action’
4. Zoom out, Guterres talking family photo with society representatives
5. Wide shot, press room
6. Wide shot, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Karen Sack, Managing Director, Ocean Unite:
“As civil society was looking to prepare for this meeting and the June meeting, we thought it would be interesting to get a little ahead of the game this year. And so, six months ago we came together in a unique collaboration which includes indigenous peoples groups, small-scale fishers and fisher-folk, ocean advocacy organizations, some of the major aquariums around the world, and some of the biggest philanthropists working in the ocean space to map out a plan of action for the UN Ocean conference; so that we cannot just meet what is in SDG 14, but move beyond it in terms of what the science is telling us is needed.”
8. Wide shot, journalists
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Karen Sack, Managing Director, Ocean Unite:
“We absolutely have to drive towards net-zero emissions by 2050. The ocean is warming up. It is acidifying. It is losing its breath. And we need to help it regenerate, and the amazing thing about the ocean is its incredible ability to do that.
10. Close up, photographer
11. Peter Thomson, Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, United Nations:
“Just cast your mind back to 10 years ago – and if you’re an old guy like me that’s not that long ago – when somebody said: ‘Hey, you know those horses you got; those carriages you got out the back. You’re not going to need them anymore. There is this thing called the internal-combustion engine and cars, and they’re going to take the place of all the horses.’ People are going to wring their hands and say: ‘What about the saddle makers and all the rest?’ The transition occurred. It happened very quickly. We’re about to make these big revolutionary changes in the way that we relate to the world through such things as our propulsion of our global shipping. And that’s going to happen much faster than most of us think it’s going to happen.”
12. Wide shot, press room

STORYLINE:

Members of civil society and philanthropic organisations handed over their ‘RISE UP- A Blue Call to Action’ to UN chief Antonio Guterres which represents their plan of action for the UN Ocean Conference set to take place in June.

Speaking to reporters in New York today (05 Feb) ahead of the handover, Karen Sack, Managing Director at Ocean Unite, said the ocean was in a perilous state. She said in addition to investments and technological innovation, what was needed was political will and action. She said many issues have been discussed at the United Nations in the past decade and the world needs action on those issues.

Sack said, six months ago, ahead of the UN Ocean conference set to take place in Portugal this June and this week’s preparatory meeting in New York, “a unique collaboration which includes indigenous peoples groups, small-scale fishers and fisher-folk, ocean advocacy organizations, some of the major aquariums around the world, and some of the biggest philanthropists working in the ocean space” came together to map out a “plan of action for the UN Ocean conference; so that we cannot just meet what is in SDG 14, but move beyond it in terms of what the science is telling us is needed.”

The group asks civil society and philanthropic organizations to join their Blue Call to Action to urge governments and businesses to ‘RISE UP’ and: R: Restore ocean life; I: Invest immediately in a net-zero carbon emissions future; S: Speed the transition to a circular and sustainable economy; E: Empower and support coastal people; U: Unite for stronger global ocean governance; and P: Protect at least 30% of the ocean by 2030.

The Managing Director at Ocean Unite said the world “absolutely” has to drive towards net-zero emissions by 2050. She said, “The ocean is warming up. It is acidifying. It is losing its breath. And we need to help it regenerate, and the amazing thing about the ocean is its incredible ability to do that.”

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean Peter Thomson said by 2030 the world would have to make big decisions on climate and the ocean is a major factor in those decisions. He said innovations are happening quickly adding that there are no alternatives to revolutionary change. Following his participation in the Global Maritime Forum, Thomson said he was convinced that the world was about to move from using bunker fuel for the global shipping fleet to pollution-free ammonium-hydrogen based power.

He said that sounds so revolutionary that people might not think that it was possible. He added, “Just cast your mind back to 10 years ago – and if you’re an old guy like me that’s not that long ago – when somebody said: ‘Hey, you know those horses you got; those carriages you got out the back. You’re not going to need them anymore. There is this thing called the internal-combustion engine and cars, and they’re going to take the place of all the horses.’ People are going to wring their hands and say: ‘What about the saddle makers and all the rest?’ The transition occurred. It happened very quickly. We’re about to make these big revolutionary changes in the way that we relate to the world through such things as our propulsion of our global shipping. And that’s going to happen much faster than most of us think it’s going to happen.”
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