Muscat Emphasises Commitment To Blue Economy At Japan Symposium

30th July 2018

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat speaking at the Nippon Foundation symposium

The Government of Malta and the Nippon Foundation of Japan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for an enhanced co-operation on international issues pertaining to the oceans and the environment.

Speaking at the Nippon Foundation’s symposium on Ocean Governance, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat reiterated Malta’s commitment to protecting the oceans and developing its blue economy. He said that the Government has registered a voluntary commitment of 30 per cent of sea areas falling under Maltese jurisdiction as marine-protected areas.

He added that Malta continues to witness a healthy growth in the number of ships registered under the Maltese flag, and said that today, Malta has the largest ship register in Europe.

Dr Muscat proposed that the General Assembly should request the UN’s Secretary-General to consider the possibility of the establishment of a panel, which would coordinate the work being carried out on the subject of ocean governance, both within the UN and outside it.

It is expected that the new mechanism or panel will make recommendations with a view to provide options to the General Assembly on the formulation of a global strategy, to ensure that all problems of ocean space are considered as a whole in the spirit of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

“We are confident that this will promote a more sustainable and effective global ocean governance,” Dr Muscat said. “I hope that our initiative will receive widespread support to ensure its implementation in the interest of present and future generations. Our oceans need our protection as much as humanity needs them for their survival.”

The Nippon Foundation, established in 1962, based in Tokyo, Japan, is a private, non-profit grant-making organisation. The foundation’s mission is aimed towards philanthropic activities and uses funds to pursue global maritime development and assistance for humanitarian work both at home and abroad. In the humanitarian field, it focuses on such fields as social welfare, public health, and education. 

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Muscat Emphasises Commitment To Blue Economy At Japan Symposium