According to Deputy Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the UN Ambassador Mohammad Koba, as a nation with over 17,000 islands and 100,000 km of coastline, Indonesia attaches great importance to oceans and seas.
“We depend very much on the ocean, millions of Indonesians relying on it for food, livelihood and pleasure," he said in a press statement released on Thursday, December 12, 2019.
Indonesia also expressed its support to the implementation of the resolution on Oceans and the law of the sea, to address the current critical challenges facing the oceans and seas, including Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) Fishing; transnational organized crimes; destruction of marine environment; as well as maritime safety and security.
Furthermore, Indonesia also encouraged all stakeholders to strengthen cooperation in ensuring maritime safety and security. Indonesia remains steadfast in its belief that UNCLOS is a critical component in the attainment of the three pillars of the United Nations: peace, development, and human rights.
Indonesia co-sponsored and supported both the resolutions on Sustainable Fisheries as well as Oceans and the Law of the Sea. While the Sustainable Fisheries resolution has been adopted by consensus, the Oceans and Law of the Sea resolution has been adopted through voting at the Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly.?