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EU at the UN

The EU's commitment to effective multilateralism, with the UN at its core, is a central element of its external action. As a UN observer with enhanced status, the EU delegation coordinates with its 28 Member States to speak with one voice. The EU also works closely with the UN secretariat and its agencies, funds & programmes, partnering on a range of global issues and challenges.

Mr. Chairman,

With reference to the tomorrow’s event “Our oceans: Greening our future” organized by the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs, delegations will find below the draft EU speaking points that we intend to use on June 8:

The EU augurs that the RIO+20 Conference will be an opportunity to reiterate at the highest political level, one of the key messages from the previous RIO and Johannesburg Conferences, on the importance of oceans in the context of sustainable development.

In addition, the EU hopes that previously adopted targets for sustainable development related to oceans including the millennium development goals, and in particular that of establishing a coherent system of marine protected areas by 2012 and now postponed to 2020, will be met at the global level: the EU is committed to play its part in this.

Consequently, the EU looks forward at this year’s ICP which, in preparing input for the RIO+20 Conference, should aim to ensure that the outcome of UNCSD includes substantial progress in the field of more effective oceans conservation and management, through adequate frameworks, policies and mechanisms, with the view to strengthen all three pillars of sustainable development.

In this context, the EU welcomes the outcomes of last week’s UN meeting of the informal working group on marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction which represent a step forwards towards achieving the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in these areas, as well as the positive and constructive spirit shown by all delegations and which served to ensure this. We hope that this positive spirit will carry over to the forthcoming meetings including the RIO+20 Conference so that the best possible results may be achieved.

Thank you Mr. Chairman.

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