Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh addresses the event.

Addressing a videoconference broadcast live on the Military Broadcasting Center's television channel on June 28 night, the leader also stressed the importance of the sustainable exploitation of marine resources in a substantive and effective manner, coupled with the preservation and restoration of marine and coastal ecosystems.

The act of protecting the sea and the ocean shows the gratitude and responsibility to "Mother Nature" and the life on Earth of each country and each person, he stressed.

The leader underlined that seas and oceans are facing numerous traditional and non-traditional challenges and various problems that are threatening the existence of many nations, countries and communities.

This is a common issue of the globe and all people, requiring all countries and communities and each person to show proper awareness and actions for the green ocean, peace, safety and sustainable development, Chinh underscored.

Delegates in Hanoi (Photo: qdnd.vn)

He highlighted the significance of ensuring a peaceful and stable environment and security at sea on the foundation of international law, especially the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982, and respect for sovereignty and interest and legal economic activities of states.

At the same time, it is necessary to settle disputes through peaceful measures in line with international law with respect for diplomatic and legal processes, ensuring maritime and aviation freedom, safety and security, and implementing regulations on fisheries cooperation mechanisms in the world to which coastal countries are members, as well as principles of the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries.

PM Chinh affirmed that as a coastal country seriously suffering impacts from climate change and sea level rise, Vietnam has shown strong determination to join hands with the international community towards the blue sea, green Earth, peace, stability, cooperation and prosperous development, while working hard with respect for international laws and conventions, and actively engaging in bilateral and multilateral and bilateral mechanisms, and promoting regional and international cooperation related to seas and oceans.

Delegates in Khanh Hoa (Photo: qdnd.vn)

Vietnam commits to strictly implementing international obligations, reducing emissions, responding to climate changes, ensuring maritime security and safety, and settling sea and ocean disputes through peaceful measures in accordance with international law.

The country resolutely and persistently protects its legitimate rights and interests, independence, sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity, and respects the legitimate rights and interests of other countries, he stressed.

Along with implementing Party resolutions and laws as well as direction on developing sea-based economy in line with national defense and security, Vietnam will roll out measures to preserve biodiversity and restore marine ecosystems, and deal with sources of pollution, including plastic waste, he pledged.

An exchange at the event (Photo: qdnd.vn)

The PM thanked international organisations and development partners around the world and said he hopes to continue receiving their cooperation and support on sea and ocean-related issues.

He affirmed the Party and State of Vietnam’s consistent policy of being ready to cooperate and join hands with the international community in solving global challenges in the seas and oceans, especially in environmental protection and rational, effective and sustainable exploitation of marine economic resources, contributing to better ensuring welfare for the people in association with the protection of regional and international peace and security.

He also called on every person to take practical, effective and meaningful actions to express gratitude to Mother Nature, including the sea and ocean.

Source: VNA