UNCTAD calls for a ‘Global Blue Deal’ to protect the ocean

According to the UN Trade and Development body UNCTAD, climate change, pollution and overfishing threaten the livelihoods of some three billion people who rely on the ocean for food and income. Their report, presented at the 3rd UN Trade Forum in Geneva, calls for a global trade and investment “Blue Deal” to sustainably use the ocean, home to 80 per cent of all life.

The report highlights some facts, including:

  • The global market for seaweed has more than tripled in two decades
  • Sustainable materials could be used to make eco-friendly versions of the straws, food wrapping and other plastic products consumed daily

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