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“I used to be very afraid when going to school and struggling to concentrate on my studies” says Chinsisi, a 14-year-old brave boy with albinism defying odds to remain in school and study. Object of myths fuelled by superstition, people with albinism like Chinsisi, face multiple forms of discrimination worldwide.

“I have never gone to school because my parents do not have resources”, says Ruth, a 14-year old girl from Cameroon. "I am aware of the dangers down there in the mine, […] but I do not have another choice”. COVID-19 exacerbated the root causes driving children like Ruth into work. 2021, the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour, is the time to redouble our efforts to get back on track

El Día Mundial de los Océanos nos recuerda el importante papel que desempeñan los océanos en la vida cotidiana. Son los pulmones de nuestro planeta, una fuente importante de alimentos y medicamentos y una parte crítica de la biosfera. Cada año mueren miles de animales marinos como consecuencia de la contaminación marina. Casi un tercio de los arrecifes de coral y más de un tercio de los mamíferos marinos están ahora en peligro de extinción. La desaparición de loa arrecifes de coral tropicales también amenaza con destruir los medios de subsistencia de quinientos millones de personas. Juntos podremos tratar de proteger nuestros océanos.

Der Welttag der Ozeane erinnert uns daran, welch große Rolle die Ozeane im täglichen Leben spielen. Sie sind die Lunge unseres Planeten, eine wichtige Quelle für Nahrung und Medizin und ein wesentlicher Teil der Biosphäre. Jedes Jahr sterben Tausende von Meerestieren als Folge der Meeresverschmutzung. Fast ein Drittel der Riffkorallen und mehr als ein Drittel der Meeressäugetiere sind inzwischen vom Aussterben bedroht. Das Verschwinden tropischer Korallenriffe droht außerdem die Existenzgrundlage einer halben Milliarde Menschen zu zerstören. Wir alle gemeinsam können versuchen, unsere Ozeane zu schützen.

La journée mondiale des océans nous rappelle que les océans jouent un rôle primordial dans notre vie quotidienne. Les océans, poumons de notre planète, consistent une source importante de nourriture et de médicaments et sont un élément essentiel de la biosphère. Des milliers d’animaux marins sont tués chaque année en raison de la pollution marine. Près d’un tiers des coraux de récifs et plus d’un tiers des mammifères marins sont aujourd’hui menacés d’extinction. La disparition des récifs coralliens tropicaux menace également de détruire les moyens de subsistance d’un demi-milliard de personnes. Ensemble, nous pouvons tenter de protéger nos océans.

World Oceans Day reminds us of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. They are the lungs of our planet and a major source of food and medicine and a critical part of the biosphere. Thousands of sea animals are killed each year as a result of marine pollution. Almost one third of reef forming corals, and more than a third of marine mammals are now threatened with extinction. The disappearance of tropical coral reefs also threatens to destroy the livelihoods of half a billion people. Together we can all try to protect our ocean.

La giornata mondiale degli oceani ci ricorda il loro ruolo fondamentale nella vita di ogni giorno: sono i polmoni del nostro pianeta e una fonte essenziale di cibo e medicinali, nonché una componente fondamentale della biosfera. A causa dell'inquinamento del mare muoiono ogni anno migliaia di animali marini; quasi un terzo dei coralli che formano le barriere coralline e oltre un terzo dei mammiferi marini sono adesso a rischio di estinzione. Per di più, la scomparsa delle barriere coralline tropicali minaccia di distruggere i mezzi di sussistenza di mezzo miliardo di persone. Tutti insieme possiamo cercare di proteggere i nostri oceani.

We have been exploiting and destroying our planet’s ecosystems way too long. The world loses forest the size of a football pitch every three seconds. Pollution compromises ecosystems and triggers biodiversity loss as never before. World Environment Day comes just one day after the 2021 edition of the European Green Week, an opportunity to bring people together to find solutions and concrete actions to tackle pollution once and for all, making the ambition for a zero-pollution and toxic-free environment a reality.

Our water, food, medicines, clothes, fuel, shelter, energy... all these depend on healthy and vibrant ecosystems, no matter the progress in technology. Biodiversity is the foundation upon which we can build back better. Yet, while there is a growing awareness that biological diversity is a global asset of tremendous value to future generations, a number of species is still being significantly reduced by certain human activities. Human action has significantly altered three quarters of the land-based environment and two thirds of the marine environment. On World Biodiversity Day we are reminded that we humans are part of the solution to this problem.