Press Release: “Cuba attaches the utmost importance to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea”

New York, 7 December 2016. At the UN General Assembly Plenary, the Cuban delegate Tanieris Diéguez highlighted today the importance Cuba offers to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, for the keeping and strengthening of peace, order and sustainable development in oceans and seas.

The delegate highlighted the great efforts that Cuba has and carries out in the implementation of national strategies for sustainable development and the protection of the marine environment, aimed at a coherent, progressive and efficient implementation of the Convention’s provisions. In like manner, she noted the importance for future generations to preserve marine biodiversity resources. ‘The exploitation regime of such resources will have direct impact upon many developing countries, most of them Small Island States’, she highlighted.

Hence, she emphasized that the continuous sea-level rise and the increasing climate change of the latest decade, due to man’s harmful action against nature, threatens the territorial integrity of many States, especially that of Small Island States, some of which are bound to disappear if immediate measures are not adopted. (Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations)