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Thailand to declare commitment to marine conservation at 2022 UN Ocean Conference


Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Varawut Silpa-archa will declare Thailand’s standpoint in the conservation and administration of marine and coastal resources to ensure sustainable and balanced usage on Tuesday (June 28) at the 2022 UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

The conference, held from June 27 to July 1, aims to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development. Thailand will join 193 countries and over 600 non-government organisations in a panel to discuss the scaling up of ocean actions based on science and innovation for the implementation of Goal 14 through stocktaking, partnerships, and solutions.

This year’s conference is co-hosted by Portugal and Kenya and is the second UN Ocean Conference after the first was held in New York, the USA in 2017.

Thailand to declare commitment to marine conservation at 2022 UN Ocean Conference

After participating in the High-level Political Forum on Monday, Varawut said that he would take the stage on Tuesday to declare Thailand’s role and standpoint in ocean conservation, as well as give a voluntary commitment to drive and support actions for the conservation and administration of oceans, seas, and marine resources worldwide. 

“I believe that Thailand has demonstrated outstanding achievements in marine resources conservation and protection, as well as in promoting participation from all related parties,” he said. “As Thailand’s representative, I will emphasize the importance of the ocean and urge all countries to solemnly work together to achieve the goals that the conference has set. I hope that every country will scale up their ocean actions after the Covid-19 outbreak has subsided, and want all parties to continue monitoring the countries’ efforts in conserving the oceans and using marine resources in a balanced and sustainable manner.”

Thailand to declare commitment to marine conservation at 2022 UN Ocean Conference

Sophon Thongdee, director-general of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, added that since the first UN Ocean Conference meeting in 2017, the department as the central agency in marine resource conservation has been working with over 20 agencies in implementing the Sustainable Development Goal 14, and has periodically reported the progress to the government via the National Marine and Coastal Resource Policy and Administration Planning Committee, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan.

Thailand to declare commitment to marine conservation at 2022 UN Ocean Conference

“I believe that Thailand can be a leader and a model in sustainable administration of marine and coastal resources. The department will continue to promote the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 under the close supervision of the Natural Resources and Environment Minister.

Also joining the Natural Resources and Environment Minister in the 2022 UN Ocean Conference under the order of Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha are Jatuporn Buruspat, Natural Resources and Environment permanent-secretary, representatives from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Department of Fisheries, Marine Department, and Krongkanit Rakcharoen, Ambassador of Thailand to Portugal.

Thailand to declare commitment to marine conservation at 2022 UN Ocean Conference

Published : June 28, 2022

By : THE NATION