China’s UN envoy calls for tackling ocean issues as a whole
The Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations called on the international community to address the challenges of global ocean governance as a whole.
“Sustainable development requires advocating international cooperation,” said Zhang Jun, China’s Permanent Representative to the UN, in his opening remarks for the webinar on “Promoting Sustainable Development: A Modern Law Perspective of the sea” on Friday.
He pointed out that last September, President Xi Jinping proposed the Global Development Initiative to the United Nations General Assembly, “offering China’s wisdom and solutions to promote the international community’s focus on development, creating synergies and accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda”.
Zhang said the GDI is “consistent 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 GDI, according to Zhang.
Maritime connectivity and cooperation in various fields are important drivers of economic and social development, as well as a focal point for the implementation of the GDI, Zhang said.
“China will work with all parties to jointly address maritime challenges, share the fruits of maritime development, and promote stronger, 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 from relevant emerging markets and developing countries to discuss global development issues. They reached significant consensus and released a list containing 32 deliverables, Zhang said.
“China will work with its partners to actively implement these important outcomes, including establishing a global alliance for poverty reduction and development and promoting the establishment of the global cooperative partnership for poverty alleviation and development. clean energy, as well as the promotion of 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 post-pandemic economic recovery and contribute to the promotion of global common development.”
“Sustainable development requires strengthening the rule of law for the oceans,” Zhang said.
The modern law of the sea is an open and inclusive system comprised of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, other international legal instruments related to the sea and customary international law, the Ambassador said.
“They provide important legal standards for global ocean governance and have also enriched the legal framework for sustainable development.”
“China stands ready to work with all parties to safeguard maritime order based on international law and maintain maritime peace, security and sustainable development,” he said.
“We must view the status and role of UNCLOS from an objective and historical perspective, and accurately interpret and apply UNCLOS in good faith.”
“We hope the international community will push forward the process of sea-related legislation in an orderly manner to provide new opportunities for the sustainable development of the oceans,” Zhang said.
“We look forward to the peaceful settlement of disputes by all parties in accordance with international law, the proper settlement of disputes through negotiation and the strengthening of cooperation in pursuit of win-win results,” he said.