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Timor-Leste commits to protecting and sustaining ocean health

Timor-Leste commits to protecting and sustaining ocean health

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DILI, 29 june 2022 (TATOLI) – The government of Timor-Leste expressed its commitment and courage to work together with other countries to protect the ocean.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Adaljiza Albertina Xavier Reis Magno made the comments at the opening of the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, co-organized by the Governments of Portugal and Kenya, which has been set to take place from june 27 to july 1.

Magno said the conference was crucial for all nations to put efforts together to protect the ocean: “The heads of all states were present at the conference to give contributions to solve the ocean issues and ensuring ocean health across the globe, including Timor-Leste.”

“Protecting the ocean is important because it unites us. We are all connected to the ocean. Therefore, all countries need the courage to support the conservation of our ocean to achieve the SDG 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources,” Magno stressed.

Timor-Leste is an island country that needed marine conservation to ensure the protection and preservation of its ecosystems in oceans and seas through planned management to prevent the over-exploitation of the marine resources.

She said therefore as an island nation, marine conservation is important to ensure sustainable use of the natural resources in Timor-Leste’s water.

According to SDG 14, saving the oceans must remain a priority. Marine biodiversity is critical to the health of people and the planet. Marine protected areas need to be effectively managed and well-resourced and regulations need to be put in place to reduce overfishing, marine pollution, and ocean acidification.

The overall theme of the 2022 UN Ocean Conference is: “Scaling up ocean action based on science and innovation for the implementation of Goal 14: stocktaking, partnerships, and solutions.”

This high-level meeting will promote interaction among Patrons and members of the Ocean Decade Alliance and potential new members. It will include a presentation of the aspirations and plans of the Decade Alliance, and allow space for announcements from individual Alliance members or groups of members on new commitments or initiatives.

Timor-Leste’s Charismatic Leader, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAP), Pedro dos Reis, and Minister Magno were presented at the 5-day conference.

 

Journalist: Filomeno Martins 

Editor: Nelia Borges 

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