New York (VNA) – Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Dang
Dinh Quy delivered a speech on the third day of the UN Ocean Conference in New
York on June 7, stressing that the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea
(UNCLOS) is a legal basis for the realisation of Sustainable Development Goal
He said Vietnam highly commends
the Conference’s draft “Call for Action” and fully shares the
view that the implementation of Goal 14, which is to conserve and sustainably
use the oceans, seas and marine resources, requires strong partnership and
cooperation among and between governments, enterprises, international
and regional organisations as well as all other stakeholders.
Quy noted the legal basis for this
partnership and activities should be the universally recognised
interpretation and application of international law, particularly the 1982
“Since there exist numerous areas of disputed
water in the world, the compliance to and the implementation of duties
under UNCLOS would ensure maritime security and safety, and create a
peaceful marine environment as cooperation and partnership would not
be possible without peace and stability,” he added.
To successfully implement the “Call for
Action”, Quy highlighted the importance of
raising the awareness in the society, especially
local communities, of the need for the conservation and sustainable use of
oceans, sea, and marine resources.
It is necessary to promote cooperative mechanisms
at international, regional and sub-regional levels, especially in disputed
waters, to maintain peace, stability, and development.
Meanwhile, developed countries should be
encouraged to enhance capacity building, transfer of modern marine
technology to developing and least-developed countries, thus helping
strengthen their ocean-based sustainable economies, resilience to climate
change and contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of oceans
and seas, Quy said.
According to the Deputy Minister, Vietnam has integrated the
SGDs into its national development plans and strategies. It has enacted the
National Action Plan to implement SDGs of the 2030 Agenda, including Goal
Within the framework of this conference, the
country has committed to implement the project “Development of Locally
Managed Areas for Restoration and Sustainable Use of Coastal Eco-systems
with Involvement of Local Stakeholders.” It will continue to
register other voluntary commitments to implement Goal 14, Quy added.
The UN Ocean Conference from June 5-9 is set to
approve a statement on the formation of the “Call for Action” that supports the
implementation of Goal 14. A list of voluntary commitments to achieve Goal 14
will also be announced at the event.-VNA