U.S. Adviser for the Second Committee
New York, New York
November 21, 2023
Explanation of Position on a Second Committee Resolution on Strengthening Cooperation for Integrated Coastal Zone Management for Achieving Sustainable Development
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
On behalf of the U.S. government, I want to extend our thanks to the facilitator for the successful shepherding of this resolution. We are pleased to join consensus.
The United States strongly supports the sustainable use and management of coastal zones and marine ecosystems. In September, we joined over 80 other nations in signing the new High Seas Treaty a legally binding agreement which will protect international waters for the first time. This historic agreement is a testament to the will of countries to come together to take action toward restoring ocean health recognizing that we cannot solve the climate crisis without addressing ocean health and we cannot fully protect the ocean without addressing the climate crisis.
The global plastic pollution crisis also demands swift action. Last week in Nairobi, the United States joined with countries across the world for the third session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution including in the marine environment. We continue to seek an ambitious and inclusive international legally binding agreement on plastic pollution with universal obligations for all Parties with the aim of eliminating the release of plastic into the environment by 2040.
Regarding coastal zones 18 countries have endorsed the Ocean Conservation Pledge an initiative the United States announced at the seventh Our Ocean Conference. The Ocean Conservation Pledge is an ambitious effort encouraging countries to commit to conserve or protect at least 30 percent of ocean waters under their national jurisdiction by 2030 in support of the overall global goal to do the same – known as 30 by 30. The Ocean Conservation Pledge can serve as an additional lever to encourage countries to protect or restore their coastal blue carbon ecosystems and avoid shifting these ecosystems from carbon sinks to carbon sources.
Regarding references to technology transfer international financial institutions multilateral development banks disaster risk reduction and climate change we refer you to our general statement delivered at the 78th General Assembly Second Committee session.
I thank you.