UNEP names Jason Momoa official Advocate for Life Under Water

Lisbon, 27 June 2022 – Film star and ocean activist Jason Momoa was designated the UN Setting Program’s (UNEP) Advocate for Life Under Water in the present day at a serious convention mobilizing world assist for an ocean besieged by the triple planetary disaster of local weather change, biodiversity loss and rampant air pollution.

The UN Ocean Convention, co-hosted by Portugal and Kenya and attended by hundreds of ocean advocates from enterprise, civil society and authorities – together with a number of Heads of State – will advance progress on science-based options to make sure higher administration and conservation of the ocean and its assets. The convention, which is aligned to SDG 14, life under water, stresses the crucial want for scientific information and marine know-how to construct ocean resilience, and is anticipated to culminate in a negotiated political declaration.

The Aquaman actor, who has labored with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii and rePurpose International, described how humbled he felt to be entrusted with the duty to advertise ocean well being: “With this designation, I hope to proceed my very own journey to guard and preserve the ocean and all dwelling issues on our lovely blue planet, for our era and the generations to return.”

The native Hawaiian with Polynesian roots, who has lengthy championed the rights of individuals of island nations, described how rising up on one of many world’s most lovely archipelagos ingrained in him a reverence for the ocean and nature that has solely deepened over time “For me, the ocean is an historic trainer, a information and a muse. Additionally it is existential. With no wholesome ocean, life on our planet as we all know it could not exist.”

Momoa, who’s the star of Aquaman and the upcoming sequelAquaman and the Misplaced Kingdom, made remarks forward of the Youth and Innovation Discussion board, the place he arrived on a ship to obtain the Nature Baton from the UN Particular Envoy for the Ocean, Peter Thomson. Momoa then handed the baton to youth representatives earlier than they, in flip, handed it to the UN Secretary-Normal. The Nature Baton, a world collaboration for the ocean’s wellbeing, has shone a highlight on the necessity for motion to avoid wasting the world’s ocean, and is a metaphor for the journey ocean champions have taken this yr from Brest to Nairobi for the UN Setting Meeting, to Palau for the Our Oceans Convention, and for World Setting Day in Stockholm, on the street to Lisbon.

“We’re so happy to have Jason Momoa becoming a member of the UN household as UNEP’s Advocate for Life Under Water. Jason has a robust observe file of advocating for ocean points, from lowering single-use plastic air pollution to defending coral reefs,” stated UNEP’s Govt Director, Inger Andersen. “In 2021, the 4 major measures of local weather change – greenhouse fuel concentrations, sea stage rise, ocean temperatures and ocean acidification – all hit file highs. This implies the time for motion is now.”

“With an enormous viewers of engaged followers, we consider that Jason can transfer ocean issues into the hearts and minds of residents and enterprise leaders to advertise this urgency and motion,” she added.

Early commitments from the convention embody pledges from the USA and the European Fee to hitch UNEP’s Clear Seas Marketing campaign, bolstering what’s already the most important marketing campaign devoted to ending marine litter and plastic air pollution on this planet. They be a part of newcomers Tanzania, Uganda, Cabo Verde, Rwanda and Portugal in an initiative that now represents 75 % of the world’s shoreline. Extra voluntary commitments – following the 2017 convention’s 1,406 – are additionally anticipated to be made to deal with ocean-related points that have an effect on communities and international locations.

On the Ocean Summit Occasion 17, governments – together with Australia, Belgium, Ecuador, Ghana, Kenya, Thailand, Vanuatu, and 10 Brazilian states – pledged to hitch the New Plastics Financial system International Dedication. They joined 11 governments who made the International Dedication on the One Oceans Summit in February, as properly the five hundred+ signatories who’re supporting the transition to a round financial system and serving to to deal with the plastic air pollution disaster that threatens the well being of our ocean.

The landmark environmental convention, which can also be aligned with the UN Many years of Ocean Science for Sustainable Improvement and Ecosystem Restoration, performed host to the ‘Large Plastic Faucet’, a three-story artwork set up constructed from 200 kilos of plastic waste provided by native waste administration firm, Novo Verde and sponsored by Iberdrola and Cultura Inquieta. The brainchild of activist Benjamin Von Wong, the set up was initially constructed in Nairobi for the fifth UN Environmental Meeting, and now sits within the coronary heart of Lisbon’s multicultural district of Park of the Nations, the place it’s a visceral reminder to passersby of the dimensions of the plastic air pollution drawback and the urgency for humanity to ‘flip off the plastic faucet’ from supply to sea.

The necessity to restore and shield coral reefs can also be a precedence on the convention’s Sustainable Blue Financial system Funding Discussion board, the place the International Fund for Coral Reefs, a UNEP and companion backed initiative and the world’s largest blended finance car devoted to SDG 14, will probably be bolstered by additional monetary commitments.

The 250+ occasion convention options 4 particular occasions, together with, a Youth and Innovation Discussion board, a Excessive-Degree Symposium on Water, and a Sustainable Blue Financial system Funding Discussion board. Eight multistakeholder dialogues, on themes starting from marine air pollution and sustainable fisheries to marine know-how and the promotion and strengthening of sustainable ocean-based economies – specifically for Small Island Creating States and Least Developed Nations – will evaluate alternatives and challenges to spur commitments and ocean motion.

Key UN Ocean Convention hyperlinks:
Web sites: https://www.un.org/en/conferences/ocean2022
Applications: https://www.un.org/en/conferences/ocean2022/programme
Observe reside (Official Program): UN WebTV
Media corners: https://www.un.org/en/conferences/ocean2022/media
SaveOurOcean Actions: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/5-actions-you-can-take-to-saveourocean/
Registry for Voluntary Commitments: https://sdgs.un.org/partnerships/action-networks/ocean-commitments

NOTES TO EDITORS

In regards to the UN Ocean Convention

The Ocean Convention, co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, comes at a crucial time because the world is looking for to deal with the most of the deep-rooted issues of our societies laid naked by the COVID-19 pandemic and which would require main structural transformations and customary shared options which might be anchored within the SDGs.

To mobilize motion, the Convention will search to propel a lot wanted science-based revolutionary options at beginning a brand new chapter of world ocean motion. Options for a sustainably managed ocean contain inexperienced know-how and revolutionary makes use of of marine assets. Additionally they embody addressing the threats to well being, ecology, financial system and governance of the ocean – acidification, marine litter and air pollution, unlawful, unreported and unregulated fishing, and the lack of habitats and biodiversity.

In regards to the United Nations Setting Program (UNEP)

UNEP is the main world voice on the surroundings. It supplies management and encourages partnership in caring for the surroundings by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to enhance their high quality of life with out compromising that of future generations.

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Keisha Rukikaire, Head of Information and Media, UN Setting Program

Moses Osani, Media Officer, UN Setting Program