I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.
We would like to thank Mr. Hudson for his presentation today on the work of UN-Oceans.
For the European Union and its member states it remains important that UN-Oceans continues to concentrate on ensuring coherence within the UN system on oceans issues in order to prevent duplication of effort among relevant specialized agencies, programmes, funds and bodies. For us the focus of UN-Oceans should remain on the existing mandates of these UN actors, on relevant General Assembly Resolutions and on conference outcome documents.
We also wish to emphasise the continuing importance of transparency in the work of UN-Oceans and we welcome opportunities such as this for engagement with the Co-ordinator and his colleagues. We look forward to the early publication on the UN-Oceans website of the report of the Tenth UN-Oceans meeting which took place last summer.
We wish to record our appreciation of the Co-ordinator’s engagement with delegations on the task of revising the terms of reference for UN-Oceans. We are pleased with the progress made on this issue and especially welcome the work done in strengthening the central role of DOALOS within UN-Oceans, in particular as its future focal point. While a small number of practical details have yet to be worked out we are confident that satisfactory terms of reference can be transmitted to the General Assembly for consideration by member states during the consultations on the Oceans and the Law of the Sea Resolution this autumn.
Thank you Mr. Co-chair.