G7 Ministers discussed healthy oceans, seas and resilient communities
Under the auspices of Canada’s 2018 G7 Presidency, the G7 Ministers of Environment, Oceans, and Energy were joined by representatives from Jamaica, Kenya, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Norway, Seychelles, and Vietnam as well as leaders from international organizations, industry and youth in discussions held in Halifax on September 20, 2018, under the overarching theme of Healthy Oceans, Seas and Resilient Coastal Communities.
The participants emphasized that healthy oceans and seas promote economic, social and environmental well-being and play an important role in the global climate system, and support communities, jobs and livelihoods, food security, human health, biodiversity, economic prosperity and way of life. However, marine ecosystems are facing major threats, including ocean warming, acidification and sea-level rise, as well as illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, overexploitation of fish stocks and marine pollution from a range of sources, including plastics.
The Ministers agreed that it is necessary to work with all relevant partners, including local, Indigenous, remote coastal and small island communities, as well as with the private sector, international organizations and civil society to identify and assess policy gaps, needs and best practices.
Documents adopted at the meeting
Press-release at the Canadian G7 presidency official web-site