Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, United States

General Assembly resolution 69/292 Development of an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological dive | 1st Session

Statement by Mr. Sidney Kemble, New York, 29 april 2015

Mr. Chairman,

As this is the first time I am taking the floor, let me congratulate you on your appointment, and the members of the Bureau upon their election. Let me also thank the Secretary General for his opening remarks. I would furthermore like to align myself to the statement made by the European Union, on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.

Mr. Chairman,

We have come from far. It was the GA-resolution of November 2004 in which the Ad-hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to Study issues relating to the Conservation and Sustainable use of Biological Diversity beyond areas of National Jurisdiction, was established.

Now after 12 years we finally reached the next phase of our journey towards an Implementing Agreement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea; but we still have a long way to go. This process is of particular importance for my delegation, as it was Ms. Liesbeth Lijnzaad, the Legal Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, who co-chaired the Ad-hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group, together with H.E. Ambassador Kohona of Sri Lanka.

Mr. Chairman,

We have seen an increased interest of Member States and the international community, in the work of the Ad-hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group, but more particular, in the work of this Preparatory Committee. For the Preparatory Committee to be successful, the process should be all-inclusive. In order to allow all states to participate in the work of the Preparatory Committee, the GA established a voluntary trust fund for the purpose of assisting developing countries, in particular Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States, in attending meetings of the Preparatory Committee and the intergovernmental Conference.

Having said this, the Kingdom of the Netherlands would like to announce that we have pledged a financial contribution of $ 200.000,00 (two hundred thousand USD) to the voluntary trust fund, that will be available for the second session of the Preparatory Committee. We would like to call upon Member States that are in a position to do so, to follow our example.

Thank you Mr. Chairman.