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Old 17-04-2022, 04:49   #1
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"Our Ocean Conference 2022"

The seventh iteration of the ‘Our Ocean Conference’ was held in Palau, last Wednesday & Thursday [April 13 & 14/22].
This year’s Conference closed with 410 commitments, worth $16.35 billion, across the six issue areas of the conference. Since 2014, the Our Ocean Conference has now mobilized more than 1,800 commitments, worth approximately $108 billion.
The six areas of action being targeted were:
1. Advancing Marine Protected Areas for Communities, Ecosystems, and Climate
2. Tackling Marine Pollution
3. Confronting the Ocean-Climate Crisis
4. Creating Sustainable Blue Economies
5. Advancing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries and Aquaculture
6. Achieving a Safe, Just and Secure Ocean.
More ➥ https://ourocean2022.pw/

Reporting about ➥ https://news.mongabay.com/2022/04/oc...marine-health/

And ➥ https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/...-us-16-billion

Twitter [#OurOceanPalau] ➥ https://mobile.twitter.com/ouroceanpalau
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Old 22-05-2022, 03:06   #2
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Re: "Our Ocean Conference 2022"

Well thanks GordieMay for keeping us all updated with the news. I do confess that I missed this talk event. Although it seems to have been very successful.

Here's link to the Oceans Conference web site. (Yep Palau is dot pw.)

Certainly good timing with the recent announcement that China has closed a security pact with the Soloman Islands, right under the noses, and seemingly a total surprise to the Govts of Australia, NZ and the US.

Palau is a tiny country, less than 500 sq km of land but spread over a vast area of ocean. Population less than 20,000. I can't but wonder where the 500 plus delegates all stayed in the tiny capital of Koror, population 14,000.

A great destination for cruisers, the little country has a fascinating history. It was originally grabbed by the Spanish in the 1500s, along with the Philippines, and what we know today as Palau (and the Carolines) was known for centuries as the Spanish East Indies.

Fun fact, Sonsorol, one of Palau's island chains was actually spotted and charted by Magellan in 1522. He named them San Jaun.

But in 1899 the Spanish sold it lock stock and smoking barrel to the Germans for 25 million pesetas (equivalent to 17 million Marks). Isn't it strange how countries aren't bought and sold today. The US could have done well if they'd just sold Afghanistan, maybe they tried and couldn't find a buyer. Perhaps buying and selling countries will come back in fashion?

On a more serious note it's obvious how poor little Palau was a victim of Great Power Colonialism. I find it interesting to hear right wing US and now English conservatives talk of 'Replacement Theory' being carried out (or planned to do so) by their opposition. For those living in countries that were all once colonies, Colonislisation was Replacement Theory in practice. And the local people were given Christianity. And whilst their eyes were closed as they prayed, they were given a Bible and the immigrants took everything they had. Happy days!

But as we all know the Germans lost World War One and so all their toys were taken from them. The League of Nations stupidly gave the country as a gift to Japan. And of course that didn't work out so well. From Palau the Japanese were able to assemble their invasion forces for the Philippines. The US forces invaded the country in 1944, effectively wresting away control.

But then Japan lost World War Two and so the USA was able to keep the toys won in bloody battle. Finally, in 1994, Uncle Sam let the little country become an independent nation state.

It would be interesting to know why the country didn't become a US state and was the countries population (before independence) US citizens? And so have they given that up? Presumably many Palauans served in the US military?

But for the yacht cruiser the country holds some wonderful charms. Certainly on my Bucket List I'm determined to spend some time at Rock Islands.
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Re: "Our Ocean Conference 2022"

World Ocean Day: July 8

June 8 is World Ocean Day – an annual global event, to recognise the major role oceans play in our lives, and the challenges faced, in preserving this precious environment.

The 2022 theme is ‘Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean’.

Oceans cover more than 70 percent of our planet’s surface [yet <5% of the oceans have been explored], and are home to an estimated 700,000 to one million [nearly 95% of all] species.
Oceans also produce more than half of the world’s oxygen.
Oceans are the main source of protein, for more than a billion people around the world. Not to mention, the ocean is key to our economy, with an estimated 40 million people being employed by ocean-based industries. by 2030.
Oceans absorb about 30% of carbon dioxide produced by humans, buffering the impacts of global warming.
But oceans absorb up to 90 percent of the heat from greenhouse gases, and every year, at least eight million tonnes of plastic waste end up in the world’s oceans [by 2050, the plastic in the ocean will outweigh the fish], along with various harmful chemicals and human waste.

With 90% of big fish populations depleted, and 50% of coral reefs destroyed, we are taking more from the ocean than can be replenished. We need to work together to create a new balance with the ocean, that no longer depletes its bounty, but instead restores its vibrancy and brings it new life.

This year, the United Nations will host the first hybrid celebration of the annual event, on 8 June 2022, hosted in-person at the UN Headquarters in New York to be broadcasted* live [10:00 am - 1:30 pm EDT].
*https://unworldoceansday.org/un-world-oceans-day-2022/

See also:

https://worldoceanday.org/

https://www.un.org/en/observances/oceans-day

https://www.oceandecade.org/
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Re: "Our Ocean Conference 2022"

The United Nations Ocean Conference [SGD 14] in Lisbon, June 27 - July 1, 2022

UN Secretary-General António Guterres outlines four recommendations to help us all ‘Save Our Ocean’
• Invest in sustainable ocean economies
• Replicate ocean success
• Protect the people
• More science and innovation

More ➥ https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/06/1121402

And ➥ https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelo...ean-emergency/
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