Ett nytt nummer av FN:s tidning UN Chronicle publicerades i veckan. Temat denna gång är ”Our Ocean, Our World”, och numret är framtaget i syfte att stödja den stora havskonferensen som hålls i New York 5-9 juni.

The Ocean Conference, som hålls i FN:s regi, väntas samla uppemot 8000 delegater från världens alla länder. Det är Sverige och önationen Fiji som står som värdar för konferensen, och tanken är att man här ska hitta sätt att arbeta för att nå mål 14 i FN:s Agenda 2030 – ett mål som handlar om att bevara och nyttja haven och de marina resurserna på ett hållbart sätt.

I UN Chronicle medverkar flera olika skribenter med texter som rör många av de hot som just nu riktas mot världens hav. Till exempel Isabella Lövin (MP), minister för internationellt utvecklingssamarbete och klimat samt vice stats­minister, har med en artikel där hon bland annat skriver:

Oceans, however, happen to be borderless and are also unevenly distributed across the planet. We cannot protect our share of the ocean with walls; instead, we must cooperate in a spirit of solidarity if we are to succeed in preserving and protecting the water that we have at our joint disposal. We must work together with our closest neighbours and cooperate at a global level, between countries.

The importance of the 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) cannot be stressed enough. They light our way through the darkness that is currently shrouding the world. Progress is being made on many of the SDGs, but one of the goals for which developments are unfortunately moving in the wrong direction is SDG 14, which calls on the international community to ”conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”.

This is why the Government of Sweden, together with the Government of Fiji, took the initiative to host the Ocean Conference in New York in June 2017. The Conference will be the first high-level forum to focus on one single goal in the 2030 Agenda, and we are enthusiastic to see growing engagement among the countries of the world.

Även skådespelaren, filmskaparen och klimataktivisten Leonardo DiCaprio har skrivit en av texterna i UN Chronicle. Han skriver om en händelse 1997 när hundratals volontärer lyckades arbeta tillsammans för att rädda en nyfödd val som strandat i närheten av Los Angeles, och som gavs namnet JJ:

Hundreds of volunteers came together to rescue JJ – people from all walks of life, all ages, all backgrounds. They checked their egos and agendas at the beach and dove in, quite literally, to save a creature in dire need. We can do so again for our oceans, for ourselves, and for our future. But just as we made a conscious decision to rescue JJ once upon a time, we are now making another equally profound choice of whether she lives a full, normal life, or whether further ocean degradation will starve her, prematurely, to death. If that happens, we are also condemning our children to a much bleaker quality of life than the one we take for granted today.

We know that humankind is powerful enough-and apparently foolish enough-to change the very chemistry of two thirds of the planet. The same alarm and urgency that arose to save JJ in 1997 needs to happen today as the massive threat to her and an entire class of marine biodiversity increases. United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14 asks us to ”conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development”. Let’s remember that this goal cannot be achieved merely by limiting the number of fish we take from the sea or ending risky oil exploration in coastal waters, but also by eliminating the threats posed to our oceans from climate change and the emissions we drive here on land.

 

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