By A correspondent
A United Nations (UN) official is calling for the use of science -based innovative solutions in stopping the decline of ocean health globally.
Mr. Peter Thomson, special envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General’s for the Ocean said that science has the solutions that are crucial towards the restoration of oceans.
“The international community needs to produce solutions that could lead to starting a new chapter in the global ocean action,” Mr. Thomson said this during a side event on Oceans at the ongoing United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA5) conference in Nairobi, capital of Kenya.
Mr. Thomson noted that there is an urgent need to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development and for the use by the future generations.
He observed that for a long time micro plastics have provided unknown problems globally to consumers of ocean resources.
Ms. nger Andersen, the executive director of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) said that the oceans must be kept healthy since millions of populations globally rely on them for survival.
Andersen urged nations to embrace the blue economy since it is part of the solution to the current ocean pollution and climate change effects.
She urged UN member states to take keen interest on climate change, plastic pollution and biodiversity loss so as to help improve the lives of the populations.
Andersen emphasized the need to seriously embark on transfer of technology and finance to save the planet from the global crisis of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss and pollution and waste.
The official called on fisher folk communities to embrace sustainable fisheries and also ensure that plastics are not thrown into the water systems.
Mr. Macharia Kamau, principal secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that low funding towards blue oceans is part of the delay in meeting Sustainable Development Goal (SDG14).
Mr. Kamau noted that the 2 percent of funds that has been allocated through green climate projects is not enough for the island states and oceans programs.
He said that traditional and new meaningful partnership arrangements are required to meet the fund goals.