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Thu 09 Jun 2005

World Oceans Day - ICC director speaks at the United Nations

Category : envt

Today is World Oceans Day, and Seba Sheavly, the director of the International Coastal Cleanup, will be urging for marine debris solutions at the United Nations.

Marine debris is a worldwide problem that damages pristine coral reefs and kills marine wildlife. Events like The Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup, now in its 20th year, have helped to spread awareness about this broad yet solvable problem.

Seba Sheavly*, the Director of the International Coastal Cleanup has been invited to speak to the international community at the United Nations Headquarters. She will be speaking and fielding questions today at the UN Headquarters in Manhattan, about the science and solutions marine debris, and the International Coastal Cleanup.

The United Nations' consultation process, now meeting for the sixth time, is intended to deal with a wide variety of international ocean issues. The meetings are under jurisdiction of the Division of Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea.

Data about marine debris is gathered by hardworking volunteers from countries around the world, including Singapore, who participate in the Intenational Coastal Cleanup (ICC). Each country submits their national data to the international coordinator, The Ocean Conservancy, for action at the international level.

So on Oceans Day, let me say thanks once again to all the ICC Singapore volunters for their hard work and prompt submission of data!

Happy Oceans Day!

N. Sivasothi
International Coastal Cleanup Singapore

*Seba Sheavly is the Director of the International Coastal Cleanup and The Ocean Conservancy's Office of Pollution Prevention & Monitoring. She has more than a decade of experience in marine debris science, education and research, including 11 years building the International Coastal Cleanup.

From modest beginnings, the International Coastal Cleanup has become an international movement for cleaner shorelines and waterways, involving hundreds of thousands of volunteers from nearly 100 nations.

Thanks to Brian Edwards, the Database Coordinator of The Ocean Conservancy for the update.

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