The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has published a landmark report on the state of the world's oceans.
During the 2022 United Nations Ocean Conference, which took place in Lisbon, Portugal, from June 27 to July 1, the first edition of UNESCO's "State of the Ocean Report" (STOR) was released.
Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO) said, "The Report will help to efficiently monitor the progress of the UN Ocean Decade and, in time, can become an eagerly anticipated global publication that will contribute significantly to mobilising global society to act toward "ocean we need for the future we want".
IOC-UNESCO is the major UN organisation for the worldwide coordination of marine sciences, which aims to enhance the management of the world's oceans, coasts, and marine resources.
The Organisation enables 150 member states to work together by coordinating programmes on capacity building, ocean observation and services, ocean science and tsunami warnings, and economic and social issues.
The State of the Ocean Report collects the latest data on everything from pollution to biodiversity that affects the condition of the seas to help important decision-makers conserve the oceans and plan for a sustainable future.