Themed “Solutions for a climate resilient Blue Economy”, the event attracted the participation of 400 delegates from more than 70 countries, including leadersm experts, scientists, and representatives from non-governmental organizations and research centers around the globe.

Delegates at the event

Speaking at the event, Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh said that all countries need to make stronger commitments and take more drastic and effective measures to demonstrate their responsibility for the sustainable development of the ocean economy.

The Deputy Prime Minister emphasized that as marine pollution and ocean plastic waste are urgent global issues, countries should establish a global system to monitor, share data, provide a scientific basis for ocean plastic waste from the national, regional, and world scales.

In the coming period, nations need to overcome challenges in their efforts to tackle ocean plastic pollution on a global scale, and sustainably manage resources and activities at sea such as aquaculture, fishing, shipping, marine and coastal tourism, and energy development in oceans, he stated.

Thanh added that developed countries should be responsible for providing financial support, sharing management experience and transferring technologies, while developing nations need strive to soon master science and technology of the blue economy so as to solve global sea and ocean issues together.

Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Anniken Huitfeldt urged participating countries to contribute efforts to deal with climate change and pollution, especially marine plastic pollution.

On the occasion, an exhibition highlighting the contribution of businesses to sustainable ocean economy and response to climate change was held during the two days of the conference.

Source: PANO/VNA

Translated by Song Anh