Havana, June 8 - Home to most of the biodiversity on Earth, it is urgent to build a new balance between humanity and the oceans, in order to celebrate the World Day of these vital ecosystems today.
"The ocean: life and means of subsistence", is the theme for this year according to the United Nations (UN), in order to begin a decade of challenges to comply with Sustainable Development Goal 14, related to conservation and sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources.
The Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development will run until 2030 and seeks to strengthen international cooperation to develop scientific research and innovative technologies, which can connect ocean science with the needs of society.
According to UN figures, they produce at least 50 percent of the planet's oxygen and constitute the main source of protein for more than one billion people around the world, hence the call that every year seeks greater awareness for their care.
It is estimated that by 2030 there will be around 40 million ocean-related workers.
The multilateral body confirmed the decline of 90 percent of large fish populations, the destruction of 50 percent of coral reefs and other irreversible damage caused by man.
"We must build a connection with the ocean that is inclusive, innovative and based on lessons from the past," said the UN statement on the occasion of the anniversary instituted since 2009. (Text and photo: PL)