“Go to vote.riodialogues.org. Tell us what you think. Those votes – the voices of the people – can make a difference in building a prosperous, equitable, stable and sustainable world for all.”
This what UN chief, Ban Ki-moon said on 6 June, just two weeks ahead of a major conference on sustainable development. In a message to launch the Rio +20 Dialogues: Vote for the Future We Wantonline platform. The UN Secretary-General called on people around the world to cast their votes in an online global poll on solutions to the planet’s most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges.
The results of the poll will be presented to the more than 100 world leaders attending the high level roundtable meetings, taking place on 20-22 June, at the United Nations Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, later this month, the UN reports.
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The impact of commercial over-exploitation of the world’s fish stocks, with more than half of global fisheries exhausted and a further third depleted, and between 30 and 35 per cent of critical marine environments –such as seagrasses, mangroves and coral reefs–estimated to have been destroyed.
**UN Photo/Martine Perret
Furthermore, plastic debris continues to kill marine life, and pollution from land is creating areas of coastal waters that are almost devoid of oxygen.
These are just some of the key facts about the current situation of world’s oceans, which have been circulated on the occasion of the World Oceans Day on 8 June.
The rapid, steady destruction of the oceans moved United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to urge countries to boost their efforts to protect the world’s oceans, which are threatened by overfishing, toxic waste, and climate change.
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