Permanent representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations ambassador Rabab Fatima said that they would require access to equitable sharing of marine resources, especially in areas beyond national jurisdiction to fully realise the potentials of blue economy for the socio-economic development of the country.
She made the remarks while speaking at the Ambassadorial Briefing on Equitable Sharing of Benefits from Sustainable Development of Seabed Resources: Opportunities for LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS, held in New York recently.
Organised jointly by the International Seabed Authority, and the chairs of LDCs, LLDCs and AOSIS, the purpose of the high level event was to brief member states about the initiatives taken by ISA to ensure equitable sharing of benefits from the development of deep sea-bed resources.
The briefers, which included the ISA secretary-general Michael W Lodge, highlighted the work being done by the ISA in developing regulatory framework for deep sea mining, awarding contracts for exploration of mineral resources and most importantly building capacity that could address the needs of LDCs, LLDCs and SIDs and support them achieving Sustainable Development Goals.
In her statement, Rabab Fatima mentioned that Bangladesh was prioritising on unleashing the full potentials of ocean resources and had made the blue economy the new frontier.
She stressed the need of the developing countries to receive support for capacity building and knowledge transfer, particularly in the form of training, secondment of technical staff, facilitating research and studies.
She also spoke about the importance of investment in developing countries to explore the ocean resources for their development.
The permanent representative reiterated Bangladesh’s commitment to working closely with ISA.
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