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:
- Find out everything you need to know about UNCLOS from the Encyclopedia of Earth
- Read this article from the UN News Centre: At General Assembly, Ban calls for universal commitment to ‘constitution of the oceans’
- Check out the UN’s Oceans & Law of the Sea website
- Watch the following 13 minute video about how the ocean was governed before and after the Convention:
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