Bangladesh seeks cooperation of International Seabed Authority in realizing its ‘blue economy’ objectives

New York, 25 June 2020:

“To fully realize the potentials of the Blue Economy for our socio-economic development, we would require access to equitable sharing of marine resources, especially in areas beyond national jurisdiction.” -said the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Rabab Fatima while speaking at the “Ambassadorial Briefing on Equitable sharing of benefits from sustainable development of seabed resources: Opportunities for LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS” held on 25 June 2020 in New York.

Organized jointly by the International Seabed Authority (ISA), and the chairs of LDCs, LLDCs and AOSIS, the purpose of the high level event was to brief member states about the initiatives taken by ISA to ensure equitable sharing of benefits from the development of deep sea-bed resources. The briefers, which included the ISA Secretary-General Mr. Michael W. Lodge, highlighted the work being done by the ISA in developing regulatory framework for deep sea mining, awarding contracts for exploration of mineral resources and most importantly building capacity that can address the needs of LDCs, LLDCs and SIDs and support them achieving Sustainable Development Goals.

In her statement, Ambassador Rabab Fatima mentioned that Bangladesh is prioritizing on unleashing the full potentials of ocean resources and has made the Blue Economy the new frontier. She stressed on the need of the developing countries to receive support for capacity building and knowledge transfer, particularly in the form of training, secondment of technical staff, facilitating research and studies. She also spoke about the importance of investment in developing countries to explore the ocean resources for their development. The Permanent Representative reiterated Bangladesh’s commitment to working closely with ISA.