ºUnited Nations, Oct 5. -The world is facing an emergency over the oceans, but their protection ranks last in governments' priorities regarding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
According to a recent report by United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the state of the oceans has never been more alarming than now, but SDGs number 14, referring to underwater life, is one of the most neglected.
This is the result of a survey conducted by world leaders, in which the UN chief asked to seriously tackle threats to the environment because the collective future and humanity security are at stake.
According to Guterres's report, despite the international community's efforts to protect and preserve the marine environment and its resources, the health of the oceans is greatly affected by pollution, including marine litter, especially plastic waste.
The increase in overfishing, invasive alien species, underwater noise, the effects of climate change, ocean acidification and physical degradation also causes a lot of damage.
At present, global oceanic heat is at an unprecedented level, while the Arctic and Antarctic sea ice is well below average.
Now more than ever, the international community should address ocean problems in an integrated, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral manner, Guterres said in his report.
The world is facing a 'global emergency' over the oceans and if concrete and urgent measures are not taken, UN member states will face great difficulties in achieving the SDG number 14, he said.
The oceans are playing an essential role, they help regulate the global climate and are the main water source that sustains all life on the planet, scientists state.
Therefore, Guterres launched a global warming and asked to give priority to the health of the oceans. (Taken from Prensa Latina)