On the 23rd of September 2019 the UN will host the CLIMATE ACTION SUMMIT. UN Secretary General António Guterres is asking leaders from governments, business and civil society to arrive with plans for addressing the global climate emergency. OceanCare will be present to speak up for protecting the oceans as a key element of climate action.
Upon invitation by the Belgian government, Nicolas Entrup, Ocean Policy Expert at OceanCare, will speak at a high level side event together with Philippe de Backer, Belgian Minister of the North Sea, Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs, David Paul, Minister in Assistance to the President and Minister of Environment of the Marshall Islands, Kitack Lim, secretary general of IMO, and others.
The event is hosted by the Belgian government promoting the Brussels Declaration “The Ocean and Climate Change” which calls for the implementation of policies and strategies regarding cost-effective renewable ocean energy and marine spatial planning that safeguards biodiversity, connectivity and marine ecosystem services.
OceanCare is calling on countries to take on a leadership role by implementing concrete measures and a clear and binding phase-out strategy to end hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation. We also urge the private sector and regulators to follow a precautionary approach and carry out forward-looking environmental impact assessments when investing into new renewable energy sources. At the Climate Action Summit, OceanCare will present a clear showcase that reducing ocean noise would be an essential contribution towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and therefore a much needed climate action.