UN ocean talks launched with conservation pledge

Countries have backed action against marine litter and harmful fisheries subsidies as the UN’s first ever dedicated talks on ocean conservation kicked off in New York on Monday

Countries have backed action against marine litter and harmful fisheries subsidies as the UN’s first ever dedicated talks on ocean conservation kicked off in New York on Monday.

Reducing plastic waste by taking measures such as banning single-use bags and promoting sustainable fishing policies will be key to preserving at least 10% of the world’s coastal and marine areas by 2020, according to a statement agreed by UN members, including all EU states. This is one of the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) agreed in 2015.

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