AOSIS proposes amendments to the political declaration on SDG 14 implementation2022-03-24 AOSIS
Introduction I have the honor to deliver this statement on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), in alignment with the statement delivered by the Group of 77 and China. We would like to begin by thanking Ambassador McGuire and Ambassador Hermann for the revised text. We believe that this new iteration captures the ideas expressed during the last round of informal consultations, and enriches the Declaration. Paragraphs 1 through 10 We welcome the language strengthening the climate-ocean nexus in paragraph 3 and 5, as well as the strengthened language in paragraph 4 on committing to take urgent action to achieve the expired targets. We strongly support the recognition of how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the problem of marine plastic litter, and also how SIDS have been disproportionately adversely affected by this issue in paragraph 7. However, we do not see the need for a specific reference to the disposal of PPE in this paragraph. The majority of pandemic-associated mismanaged plastic waste was actually generated by hospitals, rather than PPE, and there are also other contributing factors such as increased utilization of plastic packaging materials for shipping. In this context, we think a broader reference would be more appropriate. While we are fine with the current formulation of paragraph 9 on BBNJ, we wish to flag that this paragraph may need to be revisited and revised, based on the outcome of the ongoing Fourth IGC. In concluding, I would once again like to thank the distinguished co-facilitators once again for providing us with strong text, which has put us on the pathway for a robust outcome at the Second UN Ocean Conference. I thank you.
Sub Topic: SDGs