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António Guterres (UN Secretary-General) on World Oceans Day 2020
8 Jun 2020 -  Opening remarks by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations on World Oceans Day 2020.
"(...) For too long we have failed in our responsibility to protect our marine environment.
In 2015, the First World Ocean Assessment found serious and widespread degradation.
I fear that the Second World Ocean Assessment due later this year will reflect even more disturbing data.
We need urgent action on a global scale to protect the world’s seas and oceans from the many pressures they face.
We have a responsibility to correct our relationship with the oceans.
Today we highlight “Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean,” and the crucial role that new ideas will play in creating a more sustainable world.
We will highlight solutions and projects that address the themes of the next United Nations Ocean Conference.
Better understanding of the oceans is essential for conserving fish stocks and discovering new products and medicines.
The upcoming United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development will provide much-needed impetus and a common framework for action.
As we work to build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic, let us all come together, to promote ocean science and the innovations that will save the lifeblood of our planet (...)" - António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations [Excerpt].