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Ocean sustainability and gender equality must advance together, maritime expert says
Interlinking the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 – Life Below Water – and Gender Equality, the UN Ocean Conference this week is aiming to increase women’s participation and leadership in ocean related issues.
Women continue to be under-represented in ocean related issues, with most in the sector, stuck on land, “and getting very little pay”, says Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of the World Maritime University, based in Sweden.
On Tuesday, Ms. Doumbia-Henry took part in an event on the margins of the Conference, focused on boosting women’s representation in ocean sustainability and conservation.
She spoke to UN News’s Ana Carmo, who’s also in the Portuguese capital.
Participation of women in ocean issues ‘needs to be mainstreamed’
Ocean health is at a critical stage, and radical changes need to be made by people everywhere to allow sustainable management and development.
Knowing that women continue to be under-represented in the field of ocean protection, particularly in decision-making roles, experts at the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, are calling for an action plan to change that.
Ana Carmo who’s at the conference for UN News in the Portuguese capital, spoke to Maria Damanaki, founder of Leading Women for the Ocean.
Nigeria’s crisis in northeast, already a humanitarian emergency: OCHA
UN humanitarians raised the alarm on Tuesday over frightening levels of child hunger in northeast Nigeria that are linked to more than a decade of violence by non-State armed groups.
In the three states where needs are greatest – Borno, Adamawa and Yobe - more than 1.7 million children under five, are already at risk of serious malnutrition.
With more, here’s the UN’s Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Matthias Schmale, talking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson.
Empowering us all, to restore the ocean
“Ocean literacy” is defined as how you understand the ocean influences you, and how you in turn, influence what happens to the ocean, however small your impact might be in helping the seas survive for future generations.
Empowering people to become more responsible and protect ocean resources, is the way that the UN Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) believes we can all unlock innovative ocean science solutions.
Francesca Santoro is in charge of ocean literacy at UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), based in Venice.
Ms. Santoro explained to UN News’s Ana Carmo, what ocean literacy entails, and how the involvement of younger generations is crucial to help restore the ocean.
Human Rights Council’s 50th session is special, says UN General Assembly President
Here at UN News, we do try to avoid overloading you with too many facts and figures, but here’s one that’s worth remembering: the Human Rights Council has reached an historic milestone of convening this week, for its 50th session.
The world’s preeminent forum for discussing rights issues of concern was created by the UN General Assembly, back in 2006.
Fast forward to today, and for the current President of the General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid, the Human Rights Council’s recently adopted resolutions on human rights and climate change have a personal significance, as he explains to Dominika Tomaszewska-Mortimer.
Ukraine war crisis ‘could reverse gains on hunger in Latin America, Caribbean’
Hurricanes, COVID-19 and now the Ukraine crisis: these are the three main reasons why hunger levels are spiking across Latin America and the Caribbean.
According to the UN World Food Programme, or WFP, many families are so desperate that they’re prepared to risk their lives on a highly dangerous jungle crossing, linking South and North America, known as the Darien Gap.
With the details, here’s WFP’s Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Lola Castro, who’s been talking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson in Geneva.