Law of the Sea Convention as relevant today as it was 30 years ago: CARICOM

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Raymond Wolfe

The Convention on the Law of the Sea is as relevant today as it was 30 years ago.

That according to Jamaica's representative Ambassador Raymond Wolfe.

Speaking on behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), he told the General Assembly that the Convention, whose provisions defines the rights and responsibilities of nations in their use of the World’s Oceans, and which establishes guidelines for businesses, the environment and the management of the marine nature resources, makes the landmark international instrument as relevant today as it was 30 years ago.

He said CARICOM Member States continue to rely significantly on the use of the Caribbean Sea for the conduct of our regional and international maritime trade and commerce as weir as for the development of Tourism and Fisheries Industries.

” Accordingly, the protection of the Caribbean Sea and the sustainable management of its resources, including the preservation of the marine environment, remain a high priority for CARICOM Member States. We welcome the acknowledgement of the inextricable linkages between the protection and sustainable management of the marine environment for sustainable development in air its dimensions, in “The Future We Want“, the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development which took place in Rio de Janeiro from 20th to 22nd June. ”

Ambassador Wolfe commended the work and activities of the Caribbean Sea Commission which, since its establishment in 2006, has been spearheading the initiative to designate the Caribbean Sea as a special area in the context of sustainable development. He also welcomed the continued interest of the international community in this endeavor, as demonstrated in their continued engagement in the negotiations on the biennial resolution entitled “Towards the sustainable development of the Caribbean Sea for present and future generations.

“ Despite the progress made through the efforts of the Caribbean Sea Commission, CARICOM Member States remain concerned about the threats to the preservation and protection of the region’s marine environment and fragile ecosystems as a result of [and based run offs oil spills, as well as ballast water exchange. We welcome the timely activities being undertaken by the United Nations Environment programme (UNEP) in conjunction with the Caribbean Environment programme in developing partnerships, integrated approaches in such areas as waste water management and sanitation, sustainable agricultural practices, integrated coastal management, sustainable tourism, and environmentally sound maritime transport in the wider Caribbean region.” 

Ambassador Wolfe said CARICOM also sought urgent international cooperation in order to address other pressing challenges such as the significant vulnerability of corals and coral reefs to climate change, ocean acidification, overfishing, destructive fishing practices and pollution.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 2’55″

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