Living creatures under the sea and ocean water are beautiful and diverse as you can see them in the few of my paintings under the theme of “Sea Life” series. I enjoy looking at them and painting them for use in promoting its’ conservation to safeguard the environment. No need really to emphasize that the health of marine lives depends on clean sea water and the healthy ocean environment. Therefore, I am concern to learn from the UN reports that marine lives are in danger not only from ocean pollution but also from being destroyed by human fishing activities and bioprospecting in the deep sea. It is worrisome to learn about the vulnerability of marine lives beyond national jurisdiction particularly in the seamounts, hydro-thermal vents and cold-water coral reefs. The United Nations General Assembly have been discussing biological diversity issues for some time now, and I also know that since 1993, when the Convention on Biological Diversity entered into force, some member states have taken some action, according to international law, in trying to stop the destructive fishing practices that have damaging impacts on marine biodiversity and ecosystem. The sustainable use of genetic resources is another issue of concern to International Community. It is good to know that governments are negotiating the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the use of these marine resources. This week, the Ninth UN Working Group on Marine Biodiversity Beyond Areas of National Jurisdiction meets at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The expected outcome is to produce recommendations for a decision to be taken at the 69th Session of the General Assembly on the development of a new international instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. I think It is our duty to support this United Nations effort to protect and conserve bio-diversity of marine lives which I think is one of the most important activity in safeguarding the world’s environment.
Social Media was wonderfully active this week in connecting people around the World to join discussions and seminars on the “future we want”, the theme of the ongoing United Nations Conference on Environment and Sustainable Development (Rio+20) holds in Brazil. I don’t have to pay for a trip to Rio de Janeiro to join in the these discussions or express my opinions on safeguarding the environment human rights to clean water. Sitting in my own apartment in New York City, I can join the various social media networks and become part of the most important global dialogues at this point in time. There are so many sites available via Internet Livestreams, Facebook, and Twitters as access to participate in naming: the United News Centre; #@UN_Women; #Rioplus20; #WomenRio; #GreenEconomy; #Rioplussocial; #RightsRio; #FutureWeWant. There are special websites on #water and #Waterday to link the issues of water and sanitation to the environment and sustainable development discussions. My participation in the Rio+20 Conference, through these social media and networks, has made me aware that we live in today’s World that really divides its population into two groups: those that are electronically connected and those that are not. Information technology is still out of reached by millions of people around the World. We need to put more efforts soon to close these communication gaps. The follow-up to the action plans for the future we want when agreed in Rio+20 Conference requires a full participation of every human being living on this Earth.
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