Swiss marine life group OceanCare has been named a special advisor to the United Nations.
This new status, announced on Thursday, means that the non-profit organisation will have more clout within the framework of the UN.
OceanCare says this is a big step forward because it will be able to speak at UN sessions just like member states do.
“On the one hand, this recognition honours the marine conservation work we do. In addition, it will make it easier for us to voice our concerns to the UN while standing up for the protection of whales, dolphins and their habitat,” said Sigrid Lüber, OceanCare co-founder and president.
OceanCare has been fighting issues like whale hunting since its founding in 1989. More recently it has been pushing for quieter waters, arguing that the noise caused by ships and submarines can be deadly for marine life.