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French President Emmanuel Macron held a high-level summit to protect the world’s oceans, attended by representatives from more than 100 countries.
The One Ocean Summit in Brest brought together heads of state and government, leaders of multilateral institutions, shipping companies and civil society policy makers to unite in support of the “Brest Commitments for the Oceans” , reports the Xinhua news agency.
During the summit, panels were held on various marine protection and climate change commitments.
Macron confirmed the objective of the summit to “make commitments to propose useful actions and an essential international agenda for 2022”.
Countries participating in the summit said they would respect the 13 Brest commitments for the oceans, including the protection of biodiversity and ocean resources. Some 84 countries aim to protect 30% of the world’s terrestrial and marine biodiversity by 2030.
Other countries have joined the “High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People” and the “High Ambition Coalition for Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdictions”. They have also ratified agreements to combat illegal fishing.
Maritime company leaders have committed to the new Green Marine Europe label, but called on politicians to take into account the cost of renewable energies.
To reduce pollution, Mediterranean countries and the EU have pledged to ask the International Marine Organization to create a low sulfur emission zone across the Mediterranean, starting January 1, 2025.
France and Colombia also launched a global coalition to finance the restoration of marine ecosystems that capture and store “blue (marine) carbon”, and called on other countries to join.
The third commitment is to end plastic pollution of the oceans, with financial support from various banks to the tune of 4 billion euros by 2025.
At the summit, the “New Plastics Economy Global Commitment” was joined by Greece, Italy, Colombia, the Republic of Korea, the city of Paris and Central Greece, as well as 250 companies.
The One Ocean Summit commitments will be discussed again at the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal in June and at COP27 in Egypt in the fall.
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