You have been told that the oceans are not good: it is not true, they are very bad
Our seas are in a state of emergency. This was announced by the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, during the UN conference on oceans held in Lisbon, Portugal.
"Unfortunately, we have taken the issue of ocean protection for granted and today we are facing what I would call an 'ocean emergency,'" he said. We have to reverse the trend". Guterres urged governments to do more to restore the health of these precious ecosystems.
Of the 64 percent of ocean beyond territorial boundaries, in fact, only 1.2 percent is currently protected. Thus, at the heart of the Lisbon meetings is the need to increase scientific and technological knowledge in order to build a system of ocean sustainability. In this regard, Guterres requested that 80 percent of the seabed be mapped by 2030.
However, as Guterres explained, the fourteenth SDG, dedicated to the conservation and sustainable use of the seas, is the least funded of all the Sustainable Development Goals.