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Conserve and use ocean sustainability that gives humankind keys to its survival: UNESCO Chief on World Ocean Day
In her message on the occasion of World Oceans Day, June 8, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO stressed the need to 'conserve and sustainably use an ocean that gives humankind the two key elements to its survival namely oxygen and a well-functioning climate'.

"A healthy ocean requires robust global knowledge of ocean science. We cannot manage what we cannot measure, and no single country is able to measure the myriad changes taking place in the ocean. For this, we must nurture, mobilise and harness the best scientific knowledge," she added.

She urged that from Fiji to Sweden, from Namibia to the Arctic, all governments and partners must share knowledge to craft common science-based policies on conserving ocean.

She was of the view that though much had been done to promote and finance ocean science, but much more was required to fill the capacity gaps.

He added that the 'business-as-usual' was not enough to deliver the future we want by 2030 and suggested that for achieving SDG14 required the new science-based solutions and their transformation into informed policies and decisions.

"This is why UNESCO and partners are calling for 2021-2030 to become the International Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, in order to provide governments, the scientific community, civil society and all other actors with a framework for coordinating and consolidating the observations and research needed to achieve SDG14," she stressed.

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