Delegation of the European Union to The Gambia

EU General Statement – United Nations 2nd Committee: Integrated coastal zone management for achieving Sustainable Development

New York, 23/11/2021 - 16:22, UNIQUE ID: 211130_10
Statements on behalf of the EU

23 November 2021, New York - General Statement on behalf of the European Union and its Member States, delivered by Sylvain Gambert, First Secretary, EU Delegation, at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Second Committee: Strengthening cooperation for integrated coastal zone management for achieving Sustainable Development

Madam Chairman,

 

I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.

 

The Candidate Countries the Republic of North Macedonia*, Montenegro*, Serbia* and Albania*, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the Republic of Moldova and Georgia, align themselves with this statement.

 

The EU and its Member States welcome the adoption of the Resolution on "Strengthening cooperation for Integrated Coastal Zone Management for achieving Sustainable Development".

 

We reconfirm our commitment to enhance cooperation for improved integrated coastal zone management to protect marine ecosystems and the coastal environment, and welcome the call made by the resolution to address the problem of marine litter, including plastic litter and microplastics, and to reduce the level of pollution of coastal areas. If nothing changes in our approach, the amount of plastic that ends up in our oceans could triple by 2040, to 29 million tons per year. We therefore call upon the resumed session of UNEA-5 in February to launch the negotiations of a much-needed intergovernmental instrument to end plastic pollution We also look forward to efforts to support the implementation of targets 14.1 and 14.2 of SDG 14 at the upcoming UN Ocean Conference of June 2022.

 

While we join consensus on this resolution, we would like to reiterate the position expressed by the European Union at the 74th session of the General Assembly regarding PP2, which was not opened for negotiation this year. In our view, the Omnibus resolution on oceans and the law of the sea is and should remain the authoritative source of any reference to the Convention on the Law of the Sea in resolutions of the General Assembly. The universal character of the Convention is evidenced in its universal language and purpose, its commitment to settle all law of the sea issues on the basis that they are interrelated and need to be considered as a whole, and in the participation of 168 States Parties including the European Union. Joining consensus on the resolution again this year does not, for the reasons outlined, imply support for the language used in PP2 for other resolutions in the future.

 

In concluding, we express our appreciation of Morocco's efforts to draw the attention of the General Assembly to this very important topic and would like to thank the facilitator, Ms. Meriem El Hilali, and all involved in the negotiation for their constructive engagement.

 

Thank you.

 

* The Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

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