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The seminar was organised by the Permanent Representation of Finland as Chair of the Council of the EU and the EU Delegation in Strasbourg, in collaboration with the Permanent Representation of France as Chair of the Council of Europe. Its aims was to take stock of the current state of play, look at solutions to outstanding issues as well as to address the broader implications of the accession to Human Rights protection in Europe.
Our ocean is under threat from the effects of climate change, over-fishing, pollution and loss of biodiversity. Our future depends on a clean and healthy ocean, where protection and sustainable use go hand in hand. Safeguarding the ocean for future generations is a shared responsibility and a matter of global urgency. The EU is at the forefront of climate action. As the 2019 worldwide #EUBeachCleanUp campaign nears the end, the EU welcomes this year’s #OurOcean conference in Oslo where it announces its commitments to protect the ocean.
Digital cooperation was high on the EU's agenda at this year's United Nations General Assembly in New York. For EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, the focus was on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS), as well as promoting multilateral cooperation in this field and using digital technologies for mediation.