The UN Oceans Conference, which is set to run until Friday in Lisbon, should define “drastic actions” to address the ocean emergency, Prime Minister António Costa tweeted on Tuesday after meeting with UN Secretary-General António Guterres in Lisbon.
The UN’s second Oceans Conference, is co-hosted by Portugal and Kenya.
“In the meeting with the UN Secretary-General I reaffirmed Portugal’s commitment to the UN and the Oceans agenda. We must respond to the Secretary-General’s challenge. It is important that drastic actions to face the oceanic emergency come out of Lisbon,” wrote Costa.
At the conference’s opening session, Guterres argued that “the sea must become a model for the way global problems are managed”, which “means avoiding and reducing pollution of all kinds.”
In addition, according to the UN Secretary-General, it is necessary to protect “the people whose lives depend on the sea from the impact of climate change” by, investing in “new coastal infrastructure that is climate-resilient.”
He added that the maritime transport sector must commit to reducing carbon emissions to zero “by 2050”.
The UN leader also took on the goal of mapping 80% of the seabed by 2030. “And I encourage the private sector to join alliances that practice sustainable management and research of the oceans,” Guterres also said.
Prime Minister António Costa, for his part, also made commitments to classify 30% of Portugal’s marine areas by 2030 and for Portugal to have all of its national fishing stocks within sustainable biological limits.