30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea

Written by on December 12, 2012 in Policy & Ocean Law
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) addresses the meeting. At right Rodney Charles, Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the UN and Vice-President of the General Assembly.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) addresses the meeting. At right Rodney Charles, Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the UN and Vice-President of the General Assembly. Photo courtesy of the United Nations.

Yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the 30th anniversary of the launch of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

UNCLOS addresses many topics including navigational and economic rights, pollution, piracy, conservation of marine life, and more. The Convention opened for signature in 1982. Today, 30 years later, more than 160 countries are party to the convention.

In an address before the UN General Assembly, Mr. Ban called for a global effort to get all nations to commit to the treaty.

“The oceans continue to face many challenges: pollution, ocean acidification, overexploitation of resources, piracy and maritime boundary disputes,” he said. “Addressing these issues should compel us to strive for the full implementation of the convention.”

In his speech, he said he is encouraged by the growing support for the Convention over recent years and that “the treaty is a testament to international cooperation.”

In the following video, you can hear more of the Secretary-General’s speech about the Law of the Sea:

To learn more:

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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