The 193 UN member nations issued an urgent call for action to reverse the decline in the health and productivity of the world's oceans, with the United States backing the action plan but rejecting its support for the Paris agreement to tackle climate change.
|The 193 UN member nations issued an urgent|
call for action to reverse the decline in the health
and productivity of the world's oceans.
Ministers and diplomats burst into applause as the final document was gavelled to approval by consensus at the end of the first-ever United Nations conference on oceans.
It recognised the critical importance of the world's seas to the future of the planet they cover three quarters of.
They supply nearly half the oxygen that we breathe, absorb more than a quarter of the carbon dioxide we produce, provide food, and play key roles in water cycles and the climate system.
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