For the first time United Nations Economic and Social commission for Asia-Pacific (UNESCAP) has adopted a resolution regarding maritime connectivity to the achievement of sustainable development, and called for all countries in the Asia Pacific region to combat illegal, unregulated, unreported (IUU) fishing. The resolution was proposed by Indonesia in the 71th Commission Meeting of UNESCAP in order to raise the importance of maritime issues for the achievement of sustainable development for Asia Pacific region.
“Indonesia continued to strengthen national maritime development and invited all countries in the Asia Pacific region to fight against IUU fishing together”, it is submitted by Indonesian’s Ambassador for Thailand as the permanent representative of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations regional commission for Asia and the Pacific. Indonesian Ambassador's speech reap praise from Prime Minister Tuvalu as a chairperson in that session. He said, “I would like to emphasize Indonesian speech about the continuity of maritime that highly representing the interests of the Asia Pacfic region to achieving sustainable development”.
The 71th Commission Meeting of UNESCAP held on May 25-29, 2015 in Bangkok. This meeting is a annual session, which was attended by 53 ESCAP member countries to discuss economic and social issues in the Asia Pacific region. The 71th Commission Meeting theme is “Balancing the three dimension of sustainable development: from integration to implementation”.
In 2015, the United Nations will agree on a framework formulation achievement of development goals post-2015. By the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), can be agreed as a global framework for post-2015 development agenda.
Maritime agenda (ocean and seas) is one of the important goals in achieving sustainable development. It is stated in the discussion of SDGs, particularly goal number 14, conserve and sustainable use of the oceans and seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
As well as on a global level, at the level of the Asia-Pacific region, Indonesia will continue to raise the issue of maritime as an essential element for achieving sustainable development. In this case, the role of Indonesian diplomacy became one of the keys of the success of the effort. An important part of this, is the fight against IUU fishing, which has resulted in damage to the marine ecosystem, and excessive harvesting of fisheries (over-fishing), which resulted in the disruption of breeding cycles of fish species in the sea.
Indonesian Ambassador explained to the commission meeting about five maritime development agenda launched by the Government of Indonesia, such as the strengthening of maritime culture, maritime connectivity infrastructure development, diplomacy, maritime, maritime security and defense capabilities, and use of marine resources in a sustainable manner. The Ambassador also called on all countries to take advantage of investment and business opportunities to the maritime infrastructure in Indonesia.
In addition to presenting a resolution regarding maritime connectivity to the achievement of sustainable development at the commission meeting this year, Indonesia has also proposed a resolution on financing for development, as a result of the discussion of "Asia Pacific High Level Consultation on Financing for Development" in Jakarta in late April 2015. The High Level Consultation implemented with the cooperation of the Government of Indonesia with UNESCAP and regional financial institutions and the world to discuss and establish concrete recommendations of various alternative financial mechanisms to assist countries in achieving the development goals. High Level Consultation results of the discussion will be input from the Asia Pacific region to the World Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa in July 2015.
UNESCAP commission meeting in 2015 was attended by several heads of state from the Pacific sub-region, high-ranking officials, international organizations, and the other stakeholders