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European Development Days 2019 - lab debate on oceans

18 June 2019,
17:00 to 18:15

UN Environment is pleased to to invite you to following lab debate at the European Development Days 2019 in Brussels.

You will also find UN Environment staff in the UN Stand in the Village on 18 and 19 June. 


Let oceans breathe and people live a better life

The nexus between cleaning up the oceans and reducing inequalities

D3 Lab debate on Tuesday, June 18 from 17:00 to 18:15

Over 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal resources for their livelihoods, with an estimated market value of EUR 2 600 billion per year. Oceans are threatened. An estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic waste and microplastics are discharged annually, threatening ecosystems, people and communities. Clean oceans are crucial for sustainable development and to address economic inequalities by increasing people’s income and improving health. Oceans absorb about 30 % of carbon dioxide, buffering the impacts of global warming. Rivers carry plastic to the oceans. Just 10 rivers are responsible for 90 % of this pollution. They are mainly located in Africa and Asia, which have limited access to regular waste collection and controlled waste disposal. Only when oceans breathe can people prosper.


  • Richard Amor, Head of Unit, European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • Gilles Kleitz, Director for Natural Resources, Agriculture, Water, Forests and Oceans, Agence Francaise de Developpement
  • Tatjana Hema, Deputy Coordinator, UN Environment, Mediterranean Action Plan, Barcelona Convention Secretariat
  • Francoise Jacob, Representative to the EU Institutions, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
  • Klaus Gihr, Head of Division, KfW

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European Investment Bank; Agence Francaise de Developpement; KfW; UN Environment; UNOPS

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