Vietnam calls for cooperation on sustainable ocean economy development

An international conference on Sustainable Ocean Economy and Climate Change Adaptation has opened in Hanoi.

Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh said the oceans are threatened by climate change, natural resource exploitation, maritime environmental pollution, and other risks. Many countries are facing these challenges.

Developing a sustainable ocean economy while minimizing risks and adapting to climate change are tasks of mankind which can only be achieved with global cooperation, unity, respect for sovereignty and interests of every nation, and in line with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The conference was held in responding to World Oceans Day 2022 with the theme “Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean" and to realize Vietnam’s commitments at the UN Climate Conference COP26.

Deputy Prime Minister Thanh called on the international community to act together for humanity and life on earth. He proposed establishing a global network to monitor and share data to address maritime pollution and waste and manage natural resources and activities through green ocean technology.

“As one of the countries most affected by sea level rise, Vietnam fully understands the value of sustainable ocean economic development that is resilient to climate change while ensuring the best welfare for the entire people and protecting the seas and oceans for the future generations. We will strive to cooperate with countries in addressing and responding to global challenges for a clean blue sea and a sustainable economy,” Thanh said.

The 2-day conference on Sustainable Ocean Economy and Climate Change Adaptation drew representatives from the governments of 70 countries and international organizations.

Source: VOV5