Minister for International Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan shipped Singapore’s National Assertion at the United Nations Ocean Convention (UNOC), underscoring the will need for nations to urgently scale up steps to collectively shield the ocean and mitigate the impression of weather improve. 

 

He emphasised that the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans need to be conducted underneath the aegis of worldwide legislation, in individual the United Nations Conference on the Regulation of the Sea (UNCLOS). Endeavours to conserve the ocean ought to be details-pushed, and multilateral cooperation have to remain the basis of ocean management. 

 

Singapore is launching three environmental research initiatives to improve our comprehending of the ocean. These incorporate a exploration challenge relating to the sustainable management of marine fish populations, a undertaking to study the use of solar energy to facilitate coral advancement, and a Maritime Climate Modify Science programme. Singapore is spearheading a changeover towards environmentally-friendly ship fuel, and will go on to share finest procedures and complex encounters with nations via the Singapore Cooperation Programme. 

 

The transcript of the nationwide statement is appended.

 

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MINISTRY OF Foreign AFFAIRS

SINGAPORE

28 JUNE 2022

 

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Countrywide Statement Delivered BY MINISTER FOR Foreign AFFAIRS

DR VIVIAN BALAKRISHNAN AT THE UNITED NATIONS OCEAN Meeting IN LISBON,

28 JUNE 2022

 

 

Mr President

 

Excellencies,

 

Distinguished Visitors,

 

Females and Gentlemen.

 

1.I very first want to thank co-hosts Kenya and Portugal for convening this assembly. This calendar year has additional significance as we commemorate the 40th anniversary of (the adoption of) the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. 

 

2.Singapore is a small island, maritime town-point out. Our history, our folks, our economic system are inseparable from the ocean. Our survival, our prosperity relies upon on the oceans. In point, the exact applies to all folks, even those people from landlocked States. The ocean gives food, work opportunities and livelihood. It enables international trade, and it performs a vital position in the local climate systems and the water cycle, and is an vital reservoir of biodiversity.

 

3.The challenges going through the ocean have enhanced with every passing year. This Conference’s theme of “Scaling up Ocean Action Based mostly on Science and Innovation (for the implementation of Objective 14)” is well timed and salient. We, the Member States, will need to urgently scale up steps to collectively guard the ocean, and mitigate the impacts of local weather alter. I would like to make three details.

 

4.First, the conservation and sustainable use of the ocean ought to be executed under the aegis of intercontinental regulation, in unique UNCLOS, which we believe that is the lawful framework within just which all routines in the oceans and seas must be carried out. Thanks to its drafters’ much-sightedness, the framework furnished by UNCLOS is dynamic and extremely adaptable in order to respond to emerging problems.

 

5.Second, our endeavours must be based mostly on facts and science. This will assist us consider more productive established of actions to preserve the ocean and to develop consensus for worldwide action. For case in point, the intercontinental local community is only beginning now to enjoy the ocean-local climate nexus, in unique, how local climate improve influences the ocean’s overall health and how the ocean regulates the climate.

 

6.Third, multilateral cooperation will have to be the foundation of our efforts. Member States need to seize the option that this Meeting provides to reaffirm our determination to placing a regulations-dependent multilateral and coordinated strategy at the heart of our management of the oceans.

 

7.A single notable illustration of these three points can be uncovered in the ongoing negotiations on the Biodiversity Past Nationwide Jurisdiction (BBNJ) treaty. The BBNJ treaty will be grounded in UNCLOS and will improve multilateral cooperation, conservation and sustainability in the use of our world commons. Singapore is honoured to serve as the President of the BBNJ Intergovernmental Conference, and we phone on all delegations to get the job done to the summary of an ambitious and foreseeable future-proof BBNJ treaty as soon as attainable.

 

8.When Singapore is small, we are performing our portion. I am happy to announce that Singapore is renewing 10 of the voluntary commitments that we had formerly submitted at the to start with UN Oceans Convention and are endeavor 9 new ones. Permit me to outline just a few of these.

 

9.We are launching three environmental study initiatives to increase our comprehending of the ocean:  a investigate task relating to the sustainable administration of maritime fish populations, one more task to analyze the use of photo voltaic strength to aid coral development, and a Maritime Local weather Change Science programme.

 

10.On the delivery front, we are spearheading a changeover toward the source of environmentally-friendly ship gas, and are actively included in selling environmentally friendly financing and developing capability in carbon accounting inside of the maritime business. We are also incentivising shipowners to swap to strength efficient technologies and minimal or zero carbon fuels by the award of the Singapore Registry of Ships Green Notation.

 

11.The Singapore Cooperation Programme, the SCP for quick, which was released in 1992 to share our growth expertise and prolong technological support to fellow developing nations, will be conducting 3 programs this 12 months on Intercontinental Regulation of the Sea, Taking care of Coastal Biodiversity underneath Urbanisation Pressures and Environmental Conservation and Sustainability. In excess of the previous 30 decades, the SCP has carried out over 50 ocean-linked programs for far more than 1,000 individuals from more than 100 nations.

 

12.I seem ahead to a week of fruitful conversations on how the intercontinental community can come jointly to defend our ocean for latest and foreseeable future generations.

 

13.Thank you pretty a lot

 

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Pics Caption: Minister for Overseas Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan delivering Singapore’s National Assertion at the United Nations Ocean Meeting in Lisbon on 28 June 2022

 

Shots Credit rating: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore

 

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