Floating islands of plastic garbage. Endocrine disruptors in marine organisms . Overfishing and illegal fishing driving species close to extinction. Increasing water temperatures triggering coral bleaching. Rising sea levels threatening coastal communities, eco systems and whole nations. The list of alarming reports on the state of the ocean is long, and their frequency has increased dramatically in recent years. We’re running out of time to reverse the trends.
“It is clear that we humans have severely mismanaged one of our global commons – the ocean,” says the newly appointed Swedish Ambassador for the Ocean, Helen Ågren.

The One Planet Summit begins in Paris on 12 December, and Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden, Isabella Lövin will be there. Below she talks about the summit and a new Swedish climate initiative.

Sweden will continue do its utmost to unite the world around concrete actions to save our oceans and meet our voluntary commitments. On 12–13 October, Sweden and Monaco will move from words to action through the conference ‘Connecting and Protecting Our Seas: Initiatives in the Baltic and the Mediterranean’, which was also registered as a voluntary commitment during the UN Ocean Conference.

The ambition was to conclude the EGA this weekend. We failed. A lot of finger pointing is taking place right now, as usual after negotiations stall, but trying to assign blame is not really meaningful. In trade negotiations defensive interests are usually the most difficult obstacles to get past. Even in an agreement like the EGA where the gains for all are so obvious, we could not avoid getting stuck on a few defensive positions.

Between 14-18 March 2015 the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan will take place. A new framwork for disaster risk reduction will be adopted and replace the Hyogo Framework for Action from 2005.

Two months after the sustainable development goals are due to have been adopted in New York in September, the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in December in Paris.

De senaste åren har de globala klimatförhandlingarna kretsat kring att få fram en ny internationell överenskommelse som ska ersätta Kyotoprotokollet. Det nya avtalet ska vara klart 2015 och träda i kraft 2020. En svensk delegation befinner sig sedan två veckor tillbaka i Lima på det sista stora förhandlingsmötet innan den stora konferensen i Paris nästa år.