China's UN envoy calls to tackle ocean issues as a whole

China Daily
Chen Zhuo
2022-07-16 17:56:58

This bird eye view shows the coral reefs in China's Xisha Islands, South China Sea. [Photo/Xinhua]

The Chinese ambassador to the United Nations called on the international community to tackle global ocean governance challenges as a whole.

"Sustainable development requires advocating international cooperation," Zhang Jun, China's permanent representative to the UN, said in his opening remarks at the webinar on the theme of "Promoting the Sustainable Development: A Perspective from the Modern Law of the Sea" on Friday.

He pointed out that last September, President Xi Jinping proposed the Global Development Initiative at the UN General Assembly, "offering China's wisdom and solutions to promote the international community's focus on development, create synergies, and accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda".

Zhang said the GDI is "in line with the trend of the times, and meets the needs of all parties". It has been supported by more than 100 countries and international organizations like the UN, and 60 countries have joined the Group of Friends of the GDI, according to Zhang.

Maritime connectivity and cooperation in various fields are important drivers for economic and social development, as well as a focus point for the GDI implementation, Zhang said.

"China will work with all parties to jointly address maritime challenges, share the fruits of maritime development, and promote a more robust, greener and healthier global development," he said.

"Sustainable development requires building political consensus," Zhang said.

In June this year, President Xi chaired the High-level Dialogue on Global Development, where he joined leaders of relevant emerging markets and developing countries to discuss global development issues. They reached important consensus, and issued a list containing 32 deliverables, Zhang said.

"China will work with its partners to actively implement these important outcomes, including setting up a Global Alliance for Poverty Reduction and Development and promoting to establish the Global Clean Energy Cooperation Partnership, as well as promoting the Blue Partnership to support the sustainable use of marine resources and capacity building in developing countries," he said.

All these efforts, he said, "will inject 'blue energy' into the post-pandemic economic recovery and contributing to the promotion of global common development."

"Sustainable development requires strengthening the rule of law for the oceans," said Zhang.

The modern law of the sea is an open and inclusive system consisting of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, other sea-related international legal instruments, and customary international law, the ambassador said.

"They provide important legal norms for global ocean governance, and also enriched the legal framework for sustainable development."

"China is ready to work with all parties to safeguard the maritime order based on international law and maintain maritime peace, security and sustainable development," he said.

"We need to view the status and role of UNCLOS in an objective and historical perspective, and accurately interpret and apply UNCLOS in good faith."

"We hope that the international community will advance the process of marine-related legislation in an orderly manner to provide new opportunities for sustainable development of the oceans," said Zhang.

"We look forward to the peaceful settlement of disputes by all parties in accordance with international law, the proper settlement of differences through negotiations, and the strengthening of cooperation in pursuit of win-win results," he said.

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