Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, delivers a speech at the meeting (Photo: VNA)
New York (VNA)
31st Meeting of the States Parties to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the
Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is taking place at the UN headquarters in New York from June
21 to 25.
The event looked into the
reports by the bodies established under the convention such as the
International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, and the International
Seabed Authority, along with their procedural, budgetary, and personnel
At the June
23 debate on the UN Secretary-General’s report about the issues related to seas
and oceans, UN agencies’ activities, and international cooperation over the
past year, participants called for adherence to the 1982 UNCLOS, and stronger
regional and international cooperation in sea and ocean-related areas as well
as in responding to such challenges as marine pollution and climate change,
thereby contributing to the realisation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 on
the conservation and sustainable development of seas and oceans.
the meeting, Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to
the UN, reiterated that the 1982 UNCLOS is a comprehensive framework that
regulates all activities in the oceans and seas, helping to guarantee safety,
security, and freedom of navigation, maintain international peace and security,
and carry out the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Vietnam’s efforts to promote negotiations on maritime border demarcation with
regional countries, the marine environment protection, and bilateral and
multilateral cooperation in maintaining maritime security, fighting illegal,
unreported and unregulated fishing, and developing the sea-based economy.
to the East Sea issue, Quy stated this body of water is an important
international shipping route, and that the maintenance of peace, security,
stability, safety, and freedom of navigation in the sea is critical to regional
and international peace and development.
must be settled by peaceful means on the basis of international law, including
the UN Charter and the 1982 UNCLOS, with respect for diplomatic and legal
processes, and without the use of force or threats to use force, he reaffirmed.
voiced his concern over some recent incidents in the East Sea that have
seriously violated Vietnam’s sovereign right and jurisdiction.
He called on
the relevant parties to exercise self-restraint; not conduct militarisation or military
activities complicating the situation, escalating disputes, and affecting
safety and security of navigation and overflight in the East Sea which may
threaten regional peace and stability; while fully implementing the Declaration
on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and soon finalising a substantive and
efficient Code of Conduct that matches international law, including the 1982
UNCLOS, taking effect on November 16, 1994, has been ratified by 186 states and
international organisations. Fourteen other states have signed but yet to
ratified the convention./.