Cities for the Global Ocean Treaty

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Cities for the Global Ocean Treaty. Greenpeace volunteers have organized a varied program of activities to invite citizens to participate and mobilize with a clear request: the resolution of an ambitious Global Ocean Treaty. Until March 3, world leaders meet at the United Nations headquarters in New York to approve the protection of 30% of the oceans by 2030.
“We are in the middle of the negotiations and some issues that had already been finalized in the previous round of negotiations in August have been reopened. It is essential that ministers, such as Teresa Ribera, underline the urgency of speeding up the debate and reaching a strong Global Ocean Treaty. If not, we risk not reaching 30% by 2030″, declared Celia Ojeda, Greenpeace’s head of Biodiversity, and added: “From Greenpeace we ask Teresa Ribera to make the UN negotiations her number one priority during next week, intensifying their diplomatic relations to overcome barriers. It is time to ask the UN Secretary General to publicly demand, urgently, the end of the process in this session”.
In all the cities that mobilize this weekend, Greenpeace volunteers will be informing citizens of the historic moment we are living in before the negotiations of the Global Treaty, collecting signatures that add to the 5.5 million already obtained, and encouraging the population to get temporary tattoos of marine animals, in addition to mobilizing online asking political leaders to protect our oceans.
These are the places and times where the Greenpeace volunteers will be present tomorrow, Saturday, February 25:
Marina, from 11 a.m.
Port of Cudillero, from 12:00 to 14:00.
Central walk on Avenida Federico Soto (in front of the Plaza de Luceros tram exit), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Playa de las Conchas (Paseo Marítimo), from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. With an educational workshop on microplastics.
Barceloneta (Paseo Marítimo), from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Churruca Pier, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Bank of the Guadalquivir, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Between the breakwaters of Playa de Roses, next to La Perola beach. Starting at 9:30 a.m.
Music Park (Playa de las Canteras), from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Between the Alderdi-Eder gardens and the entrance to the Aquarium. From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Calle Once de Junio ​​in Logroño, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Avenida Ordoño II, 10, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Avenida Blondel, 54, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
in two places: Madrid Río (at Puente Segovia height) and in Plaza de Neptuno, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Antonio Banderas promenade, near the Huelín park, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Doctor Arazuri Walk, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Paseo do Nautico, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Painting faces and with a storyteller.
Plaza Cervantes, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Salt Dock, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Océa-No puppet show for boys and girls.
Km 0 of the Port of Tarragona, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. With tower towers
Puerto de la Cruz (in front of the pier), from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Plaza de la Virgen, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Campo Grande, at 12 noon.
In addition, today in Madrid, Greenpeace has been in the Plaza de Oriente all morning, with a 5-meter shark replica, with a tent and information table and with temporary tattoos of marine animals.
In Cádiz, the local group has mobilized today in the Plaza de la Libertad until 3:00 p.m. in full carnival with a tent distributing information, singing a chirigota and making tattoos of marine animals.
Last round of negotiations at the United Nations
Since the beginning of this week, what is expected to be the last round of negotiations at the United Nations has resumed. Negotiations failed last August because countries in the global north offered too little, too late, on financing and benefit-sharing of marine genetic resources. It is vital that in this new round of negotiations, the countries of the global north make a timely and credible offer to the global south that can finalize the treaty.
The oceans are overexploited by large industrial fishing fleets, which have exhausted every last fish. The gas, oil, and marine mining industries continue to drill deep, affecting marine cetaceans. To this we must add the continuous deterioration of coastal waters due to pollution and climate change that accelerates acidification that puts their operation at risk.
There is no legal roadmap to protect large areas of international waters
Without a binding treaty, there is no legal roadmap for protecting large areas of international waters in Marine Protected Areas.The oceans, which cover 70% of the planet, are the largest ecosystem on earth and a key ally in the fight against climate change. They face multiple threats: plastic pollution, overfishing, destructive fishing practices, and a fledgling deep-sea mining industry. Currently, less than 1% of the oceans are protected.
We need a treaty that can create ocean sanctuaries, effectively managed, fully protected, without being passed by consensus and making decisions binding on all parties. The oceans and the billions of people who depend on them cannot afford another delay. Cities for the Global Ocean Treaty.
The entry Cities for the Global Ocean Treaty was published first in Ecology and Environment News.

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