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Help secure a living ocean, food and prosperity - propose a new agreement for high seas protection

    1. Trevor Manuel, Co-chair, Global Ocean Commission
    2. Petition by

      Trevor Manuel, Co-chair, Global Ocean Commission

      South Africa

For too long have we borne the burden of abuse that allows the plunder of sovereign and common resources off Africa's coasts. It's time we stood up for a fair deal.

Please join Mission Ocean and sign my petition to protect the high seas and restore ocean health.

Providing us with food, fresh water, energy, medicine, the oxygen in every second breath we take, and even our holidays, a healthy ocean is essential for all life on Earth.

But for too long we’ve taken out too many fish, polluted indiscriminately, and damaged vulnerable habitats on the seabed. We are pushing our ocean system to the point of collapse, and risking our own health and prosperity.

Marine and coastal resources are worth US$3 trillion a year – around 5% of the world’s GDP – and worldwide, 350 million jobs are linked to the ocean while 97% of fishers live in developing countries.

But without the enforcement of strong laws to protect a living ocean, a minority will continue to abuse the freedom of the high seas, plunder the riches that lie beneath the waves, take more than a fair share, and benefit at the expense of the rest of us, especially the poorest.

The good news is that we have a fantastic chance to turn things around.

In September this year, the United Nations (UN) will begin discussing the future of the high seas and how they should be governed. This won’t happen again any time soon so we need to make the most of the opportunity now.

The high seas – made up of international waters and covering 45% of the Earth – belong to us all, yet resemble a failed state beyond the jurisdiction of any government. No one is taking overall responsibility, with the alarming result that the health of the entire ocean is in severe decline.

It is time to extend the rule of law to the deep blue half of our planet.We need a new international agreement (under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) to secure ocean health and the sustainable and equitable use and conservation of high seas resources.

This will help ensure we have enough food for everyone, equitable access to new medicines from deep sea organisms to fight cancer and other serious diseases, resilience in the face of the worst impacts of climate change, and protection of valuable marine habitats from destructive industries.

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon is committed to ocean health and protection but he needs our support so that he is empowered in September to call on world leaders to develop this new agreement.

Please join the mission for a healthy, living ocean and ask Ban Ki-moon to join our call for high seas protection and ocean health.

 

Other versions of this petition:

Africa - by Trevor Manuel (South Africa)

Brazil - by Paulo Guilherme "Pinguim" Alves Cavalcanti

Canada - by Paul Martin

China - by Victor Chu (Hong Kong)

France - by Pascal Lamy

France - by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Germany - by Hannes Jaenicke

India - by Ratan Tata

Japan - by Global Ocean Commission

Latin America - by José María Figueres (Costa Rica) and Andrés Velasco (Chile)

Middle East - by Global Ocean Commission

Russia - by Global Ocean Commission

Spain - by Cristina Narbona

South Pacific - by Foua Toloa (Tokelau)

UK - by David Miliband

International - by Global Ocean Commission

Recent signatures

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    1. More than 260,000 voices call on the UN to secure a living ocean

      Dear Friend

      First of all, a massive THANK YOU.

      You are one of more than 260,000 people asking Ban Ki-moon and world leaders to protect the high seas and restore ocean health.

      With my fellow Commissioners, I am deeply grateful for the overwhelming support that you and others around the world have shown over the last three months.

      On Sunday evening, together with National Geographic explorer-in-residence Sylvia Earle, I delivered our petition to His Excellency Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Jan Eliasson in New York.

      Mr. Eliasson highlighted the importance of ocean health for the planet and future generations.

      This petition is a wake up call for our global leaders and I am very hopeful that as a result of the power of our collective voice, the UN General Assembly opening this week in New York will now initiate negotiations for a new high seas agreement.

      We all depend on a healthy ocean and its restoration is an urgent global priority. Once again, thank you for your support.

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      Over 260,000 citizens call on the UN to secure a living ocean, food and prosperity for their future

      The Global Ocean Commission has delivered a global petition to the United Nations on behalf of more than 260,000 people calling for a new international agreement to protect the high seas. Co-chair Trevor Manuel, together with National Geographic explorer-in-residence Sylvia Earle, delivered the petition to His Excellency Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Jan Eliasson, at an event organized by The Ocean Elders yesterday evening in New York.

    2. Reached 50 signatures
    3. 10 days left to stand up for ocean health

      Dear Friend

      Thank you for signing my petition on ocean health. You are now one of more than 218,000 voices making a powerful call for high seas protection!

      In less than two weeks, on 24th September, our petition will come to a head when world leaders will gather in New York and discuss high seas protection.

      It is vital that we remind them that we want the global ocean to be healthy and properly protected.

      Please will you help me reach our target of 250,000 signatures?

      We have just a few days left before fellow Commissioners and Co-chairs of the Global Ocean Commission deliver our global call to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

      Please help me give the petition a final push! New versions have been launched in India and Japan, and even a number of celebrities have joined the call initiating their own petitions in their home countries: Paulo Guilherme in Brazil, Hannes Jaenicke in Germany and Yann Arthus-Bertrand in France.

      Every voice counts, so please share this petition with your family and friends on Twitter and Facebook. Ocean recovery is possible and high seas protection is vital for our very survival.

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    4. Reached 25 signatures
    5. Securing a living ocean, food and prosperity

      Dear Friends

      Thank you very much for signing our petition to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon proposing a new agreement to protect the high seas and restore ocean health.

      We're delighted to tell you that the campaign is going well - in just the first week, more than 80,000 people added their voice alongside yours!

      And at the same time as we launched our petition, we released our overall rescue package for the ocean. We had some fantastic media coverage - including this piece on CNN http://bit.ly/goc_cnn - and you can find out more about our proposals on the Mission Ocean site - http://missionocean.me

      We know what needs to be done to restore ocean health but we can't do it alone.

      The ocean is in decline as a result of pollution, overfishing and other damaging activities. The good news is that we have a fantastic chance to turn things around this September when the United Nations will discuss the future of the high seas and how they should be governed.

      We'd like to ask you to invite your friends to join the mission - a healthy, living ocean is nothing less than our life support system on Earth. It's vital that we start turning the tide on ocean decline now and that as many people as possible join the call for action.

      Please share our petition http://bit.ly/missionocean_za via Twitter or Facebook, or by e-mail, and ask your friends and family to join the mission of a lifetime.

      It's time to extend the rule of law to the deep blue half of our planet. We need a new international agreement to secure ocean health and the sustainable and equitable use and conservation of high seas resources.

      Thank you again for your support.

      The Global Ocean Commission

      Mission Ocean - Dashboard

      The Global Ocean Commission has been on a voyage of discovery about the global ocean - its importance, its peril and its potential. They listened to experts from science, academia, business and NGOs and identified eight proposals that show what needs to be done to stimulate a cycle of ocean recovery.

    6. Reached 10 signatures

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    • Ashie Hirji VANCOUVER BRITISH COLOUMBIA, CANADA
      • about 1 month ago

      The ocean is humanities life force, it is time we protect our oceans as a civilization here on this planet earth.

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    • Michael Farquhar CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
      • about 1 month ago

      It is important to all of us. "Free from the sea" no longer!

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    • Jacinta Subjee CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
      • about 1 month ago

      I live in Cape Town, the ocean is Cape Town. I want my kids to have the same enjoyment the ocean can give when they grow up. The ocean is a sustainable resource but people are the problem.

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    • Helen Lockhart CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
      • about 1 month ago

      Healthy oceans mean a health planet and healthy people

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    • Chanine Nel KEMPTON PARK, GP, SOUTH AFRICA, SOUTH AFRICA
      • about 1 month ago

      Healthy oceans for health - Omega 3,6,9

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