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Maldives participates in “The Ocean Conference”

Fisheries minister Dr Mohamed Shainee, on Tuesday, participated and addressed at The Ocean Conference on behalf of Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS).

The United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development will be convened at UN Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day, to support the implementation of Goal 14.

The Conference will implement "Call for Action" agreement to support the implementation of Goal 14 and a report containing the co-chairs' summaries of the partnership dialogues, as well as a list of voluntary commitments for the implementation of Goal 14, to be announced at the Conference.

The conference will also implement voluntary commitments as an initiative to contribute to the implementation of SDG 14. Maldives had registered 7 voluntary commitments. Implementation of strengthened and coordinated monitoring, control and surveillance scheme to prevent, deter and eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Indian Ocean, enhancing national development through environmentally resilient islands and establishing a clean environment management are among the commitments registered in The Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments by the Maldives.

The discussions of the conference are based on seven partnership dialogues which are an official part of The Ocean Conference. The dialogues are interactive and multi-stakeholder in nature and will focus on recommendations to support the implementation of SDG 14, including through strengthened cooperation, building on existing successful partnerships and stimulating innovative and concrete new ones.

Attendees of the conference included 14 nation leaders and ministers of 23 countries.

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