18:21 / 11.02.2022.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

Prime minister attends One Ocean Summit



Foto: Liu Dawei / XINHUA

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković gave a speech on sea protection and efforts to deal with plastic pollution in Brest, France, during the three-day "One Planet Summit for the Ocean", being hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron.

According to the summit's website, the goal of the One Ocean Summit is to raise the collective level of ambition of the international community on marine issues and to translate shared responsibility to the ocean into tangible commitments.

Protecting oceans is one of the most important global challenges and Croatia wants to make additional efforts in combating sea pollution and preserving biodiversity, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Friday.

"Protecting oceans, the biggest ecosystem on Earth, is equal to protecting our planet, preserving our biodiversity, our lives," he said at the One Ocean summit.

Plenković said protecting oceans and seas was necessary and that, as a maritime country, Croatia wanted to set an example in the fight against ocean and sea pollution.

Oceans absorb one-third of global carbon emissions and play an important role in lowering global temperature, but they are not immune to climate change and human impact, so it's necessary to protect them.

Plenković said protecting the world's oceans is a global challenge that needs global solutions.

"Our aim is to strengthen international legal instruments, namely within the United Nations, that would regulate biodiversity above national legislative frameworks. In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Convention on the Law of the Sea, we hope to create yet another legally binding step towards preventing global warming," said Plenković.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the mission to protect the oceans needed to be a shared responsibility if the world is to join forces and turn the tide. Only together can we step up protection and let our oceans teem with life again, she said.

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