Marking the International Day for Biological Diversity, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday highlighted the fragile state of the world’s oceans, urging greater protection for marine biodiversity.
“Oceans cover almost three-quarters of the surface of the globe. They are home to the largest animal known to have lived on the planet — the blue whale,” said the UN chief on the International World Biodiversity Day.
“From sandy shores to the darkest depths of the sea, oceans and coasts support the rich tapestry of life on which human communities rely on,” Ban added.
On May 22, the UN General Assembly marked International Day for Biological Diversity, to increase awareness of issues affecting global marine life. With its theme on marine diversity this year, the UN chief emphasized on the impact of commercial exploitation of fish stock.