Horta: Let’s renew our commitment to protecting and preserving our oceans

Horta: Let’s renew our commitment to protecting and preserving our oceans

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DILI, 08 june 2024 (TATOLI) – On the occasion of the celebration of World Oceans Day in Timor-Leste, the President of the Republic, José Ramos Horta, highlighted the need to renew the commitment to protect and preserve the oceans.

“On this World Oceans Day, let us renew our commitment to protecting and preserving our oceans. Every individual effort to reduce plastic waste, sustainable fishing practices, and help in raising awareness. Together, through local and global action, we can ensure our oceans remain healthy and resilient,” said Horta in a statement.

He said: “We celebrate the vital role the oceans play in sustaining life on our planet. As an island nation, Timor-Leste has an intimate connection with the sea that has shaped our history, culture, and way of life.”

“The oceans provide us with food, oxygen, climate regulation, and livelihoods for coastal communities. They are a source of wonder, recreation, and renewal,” the Head of State added. “Yet our oceans face many threats from overfishing, plastic pollution, coastal development, and climate change.”

He stressed that oceans sustain the life of humans on the planet: “Now it is our turn to be good stewards and sustain the ocean. Let us cherish this precious natural resource and do our part to safeguard its bounty and beauty for our island home of Timor-Leste.”

“Small actions can create waves of change when we all participate to safeguard the ocean for current and future generations,” said Horta.


Journalist: Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Filomeno Martins


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