Today I leave for New York as head of the Australian delegation at the United Nations Ocean Conference, 6-9 June.
In New York, I will co-chair one of seven partnership dialogues on enhancing the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans and their resources by implementing international law, as reflected in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Australia is committed to working with our Pacific neighbours to implement UNCLOS.
During my visit, I will announce that Australia will commit $2 million over three years to support the ongoing work of the Pacific Community (SPC) and Pacific Island Countries on maritime boundary delimitation in the Pacific. This will build on the support the Government has provided under Australia’s $5.9 million Enhancing Pacific Ocean Governance project (2014-17).
Australia will also commit $4.4 million over four years to build capacity in the Pacific to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
Australia will also be making a number of commitments at the Ocean Conference that will highlight the efforts of the Australian Government to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainable use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
In addition, I will have the pleasure to open an Australian Indigenous art exhibition called ‘Australia: Defending the Oceans’, which includes works by artists from the Pormpuraaw Art and Culture Centre and Cairns-based artist Brian Robinson.
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