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; SDG7: Affordable & Clean Energy; SDG14: Life below Water; and SDG17: Partnerships for the Goals. The UN  Water Action Decade (2018-2028) and the UNDecade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) were adopted to mobilize the scientific community, policy-makers, business and civil society around a program of joint research and technological innovation.This year we are expecting 700+ participants across 7 events over 5 days (up from 550+ in 2018).  They will be representatives of leading Triple Helix organizations from 18-20 countries.  This will include 150+ companies

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Vietnam Beach Awash with Tide of Blue Waste

the human food chain, according to the U.N. Environment Programme.The latest example was a pilot whale that died in Thailand with some 80 pieces of plastic rubbish found in its stomach.The theme of World Environment Day on Tuesday is beating plastic pollution, with a call for citizens, companies and civil society groups to organise the "biggest-ever worldwide cleanup".On Monday, 41 embassies and international organisations in Vietnam signed a pledge to combat plastic pollution in the country."As international partners, we have the privilege to work in Vietnam, and have a collective responsibilit

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The Sustainable Ocean Summit set for Singapore

evaluated on how well they address sustainability as a critical measure of their commitment to the triple bottom line – people, planet and profit.  Stakeholders expect companies to develop sustainability and corporate responsibility programs and reporting as part of efforts to take up civil society concerns and maintain the social license to operate. The world’s governments are poised to endorse a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a UN Summit in New York in September 2015. These SDGs are intended to define the aspirations and targets to guide governments, society - and

Marine Salvage Saves Time, Money, Lives & the Environment

involved in two large-scale exercises with major oil companies that include discussions on places of safe refuge. With this said, it is easy to envision a Prestige or Erika scenario off the U.S. coast.  In the U.S., response operations, including marine casualty events, are often an exercise in civil society where political, media and stakeholder issues drive decision-making as opposed to the pragmatic cost-benefit analysis. The issues are complex and exercises are typically played out in a vacuum without the benefit of political leaders in the discussions.     Schauer  

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