Int’l conference on East Sea returns to HN
10:31 | 07/11/2019

VGP – The 11th East Sea International Conference was opened on November 6 in Ha Noi where the first one was held ten years ago. 

The 11th East Sea International Conference

Under the theme “Cooperation for regional security and development,” the conference was jointly held by the Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam, the Viet Nam Law Association, and the Foundation for East Sea Studies (FESS), 250 experts and scholars and 50 speakers.

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Hoai Trung said the East Sea has the most important and busiest shipping routes in the world. As a bridge connecting the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean as well as the Asian and Oceania continents, over 50 percent of the world’s marine trade worth US$5 trillion each year has been transported through the East Sea, hence, security and safety of navigation in the waters are of great importance to the global trade and prosperity, he said.

The Deputy Minister highlighted the importance of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), describing it as the UN’s “Charter on oceans” with the participation of 168 members. The 1982 UNCLOS created a legal framework for the preservation and sustainable use of oceans and marine resources as recognized in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by UN member states in 2015, he said.

Based on the 1982 UNCLOS, many practical cooperation activities at the regional and global levels have been carried out to cope with common challenges such as climate change, sea level rise, decreased aquatic resources and plastic waste as well as other challenges like security and safety of navigation and aviation, piracy and armed crime, according to the Deputy Minister.

The annual conference will include six plenary and six roundtable sessions, focusing on various themes such as the East Sea state of affairs: threats, risks and opportunities; the East Sea in competing visions; the East Sea in multilateral forums; incident prevention and confidence building; and strengthening foundation for peace and rules-based order.

As part of the conference, a special session will be held to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the 1982 UNCLOS which has been the bedrock of the rules-based order at sea over the past 25 years./.

By Kim Anh

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