Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean
20 NOV 2018 BANGKOK, THAILAND
Asia-Pacific is home to the most biologically diverse and productive marine ecosystems on Earth -our ocean is a vital source of livelihood, employment, nutrition and economic growth in the region and is essential in balancing our climate. Yet, the capacity of our ocean to sustain development in threatened by pollution, overfishing, climate change and inadequate governance. Countries in Asia-Pacific are both major sources of ocean degradation and highly vulnerable to its impacts.
Just over a year after the Ocean Conference that saw the launch of over 600 voluntary commitments in the region for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 “Life below Water”, it is time take stock, share progress made and lessons learned, and accelerate action for a healthy ocean.On 20 November 2018, the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in close cooperation with custodian agencies of the Communities of Ocean Action, the Special Envoy for the Ocean and with hosts of the Ocean Conference, are hosting an Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean.