News Updates

23 May, 2024

By Simon Holmström Right now, a battle is raging beneath the still, murky waters, where the sun’s rays never penetrate, and where unique species have evolved for thousands of years. The world stands at a crossroads where the pursuit for critical minerals and metals like lithium, cobalt, and nickel threatens to ignite an entirely new […]

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13 March, 2024

In March 2024, the International Seabed Authority (ISA) – a little-known intergovernmental body that ‘manages’ the international seabed – will meet to discuss the future of our shared global ocean. During ISA talks last year, states resisted pressure from mining companies to open the ocean for mining and agreed to a pause until clear regulations […]

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8 March, 2024

 By Sivaja K Nair, Senior Campaigner, RISE UP Growing up in India and pursuing a professional education in social sciences has naturally sensitized me to the pressing issues of gender justice. Continuously striving to deepen my understanding of gender dynamics, I recently delved into the Global Gender Gap Report 2023, by the World Economic Forum. […]

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7 February, 2024

In June of 2023, after two decades of informal meetings that eventually turned into formal negotiations, the United Nations officially adopted a new treaty that will enable the global community to better protect the two-thirds of the ocean that lie beyond national jurisdiction: the High Seas.  The full, official name of this treaty is the […]

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17 January, 2024

As we embark on this new year, it is valuable to reflect on how far our ocean community has come. Like the ocean itself, the global ocean community connects us. Its reach and scope is multifaceted and diverse. By working in partnership, we have succeeded in raising the visibility and vital role of the ocean […]

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29 November, 2023

A blog by Karen Sack, Executive Director, ORRAA, Wednesday 29 November 2023 2023 is on track to be the hottest year on record. This July, average daily global sea surface temperatures hit their hottest ever recorded temperature – 20.96 °C (69.73 °F) – as the Ocean soaked up the atmospheric heating generated by climate change. […]

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21 November, 2023

Today, on the celebration of World Fisheries Day, RISE UP–in collaboration and support of its Small Scale Fishers Cluster and the letters R – E and U of the Blue Call to Action–sent a letter to key United Nations bodies and leaders to acknowledge, endorse and actively involve small-scale fishers and fish workers, Indigenous people and local communities in discussions and […]

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16 November, 2023

On the late afternoon of October 30th, I tuned in to the ISA WebTV. I was looking forward to the start of the International Seabed Authority’s (ISA) 28th Session Part III – Council Meeting, a gathering of state representatives and vested observers from around the world to discuss the rules and regulations for Deep Sea […]

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6 November, 2023

  Are you ready to #RiseUp4TheOcean and build the wave of change?   The Ocean sustains all life on our planet and is fundamental to human survival and well-being. Now is the time to RISE UP in its defense. The RISE UP Blue Call to Action is a joint call by civil society, fisherfolk,  Indigenous peoples […]

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