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‘LDCs can benefit from UNCLOS’

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  • 18 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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‘LDCs can benefit from UNCLOS’

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Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to UN Headquarters in New York Rabab Fatima has said the vast and unexplored resource frontiers of the oceans have the potentials to bring transformative changes to the lives and livelihoods of more than one billion people living in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) can indeed be the pathway to an ocean of opportunity for them, she said. 

The Bangladesh envoy to the UN made the remarks while speaking at a High-Level event of the International Seabed Authority on the opportunities offered by UNCLOS to LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS on Tuesday. 

As LDCs are among the world’s most resource-constraint economies, Ambassador Rabab Fatima urged the International Seabed Authority to ensure the fair share of various benefits and opportunities for LDCs in the deep sea particularly in the areas of marine scientific research, capacity building and access to marine technologies for exploration of resources in the high seas. 

Rabab Fatima is going to co-chair the Preparatory Committee for the LDC5 Conference scheduled to be held in Doha in January, 2022. 

Referring to the dedicated focus of the Draft Doha Program of Action on the devastating impacts of climate change on oceans, she stated that various forms of pollution are seriously disrupting the balance of marine food webs and ecosystems. 

In this context, the envoy emphasised the importance of scaling up global efforts to combat marine pollution and uncontrolled activities in the deep sea.

She concluded her speech with a call to create more space for women and youths living in the LDCs to have enhanced access to the new and emerging opportunities that the ocean can offer.

The event was moderated by Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority Michael W Lodge. A significant number of ambassadors and permanent representatives, including the LDC Chair, also attended the event.