• Clean Ocean International Expert Group of UN Decade for Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, is going to present its short list of activities & goals as well as “Clean Ocean Manifesto” on November 19, 2021.

Key Points

The group has set up two aims, in order to help United Nations in attaining the goal of clean ocean:

  1. Reducing marine debris by 50-90 per cent and
  2. globe circling & high-tech system of monitors.

The expert group is co-chaired by:

  1. Angelika Brandt from Germany- A Southern Ocean & Antarctica biodiversity expert, and
  2. Elva Escobar Briones from Mexico- A deep sea biodiversity expert.
  • It highlights the challenges and opportunities which Ocean Decade can provide for attaining a clean ocean.
  • The expert group also underline that, this process should aim to define and attract financial support in order to meet the initial set of goals for 2025. It should then be followed by goals of 2030.

Objectives for 2030

The statement notes direct route to a clean ocean, highlighting following objectives for 2030:

  1. Enlarge understanding of pathways for spread & fate of pollutants,
  2. Reduce and remove top-priority forms of pollution up to 90 per cent and
  3. To prevent recurrence, reduce sources or emission of pollutants.

Three-day online conference

  • The three-day online conference will also highlight around 30 activities in place or in development across the world, which can make significant contributions by 2030 to clean ocean.

These include initiatives of:

  1. Successfully and consistently monitoring marine debris from space
  2. Operating deep sea observatories in Atlantic
  3. Observing vast Southern Ocean to provide early warnings of possible

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