UN chief says Russia ‘contributing to pollution’ should be part of UN Ocean Conference
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stressed on Friday that Russia should not be excluded from the United Nations Ocean Conference because the country’s exclusion “does not make sense”. Speaking during an interview with the Portuguese News Agency, luse, On Friday, António Guterres reiterated that the key climate summit aims to change the policies of countries around the world and therefore the exclusion of a country would hamper climate change goals. The United Nations Ocean Conference is scheduled to start on June 27 and last until July 1.
“Russia contributes to the pollution of the oceans and influences climate change. I think the countries that contribute to the problems should also participate in solving them,” António Guterres told the Portuguese news agency.
Russia, a member of the UN, will participate in the conference (Portuguese minister)
Portuguese Foreign Minister Joao Gomes Cravinho confirmed Russia’s participation in the next conference. “Russia is a member of the UN and will participate in the conference,” he announced. The UN Ocean Conference will aim for the 14-point call to action to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
According to the UN chief, all countries in the world, including Russia, must commit without exception to climate objectives. The UN is focusing on efforts to achieve these climate goals under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and has collected 1,328 voluntary pledges for ocean conservation.
The upcoming Ocean Conference, co-hosted by the governments of Kenya and Portugal, comes at a critical time as the world seeks to tackle several issues laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic. These challenges, according to the UN, will require major structural transformations and common solutions shared by nations around the world. To mobilize action, the Conference will seek to propel much-needed innovative science-based solutions aimed at opening a new chapter in global action on the oceans.
While countries like France welcomed the support for the Paris Agreement, indicated by its ratification by a majority of the world, due to the current war scenario, and the EU underlined the universal and unified nature of UNCLOS as the legal framework for all ocean-related activities, the Russian Federation has distanced itself from the language of the WTO negotiations on fisheries subsidies.
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