Environment, Water and Climate Minister, Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri says the recent high level conference on the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal Number 14 was a resounding success with a huge attendance and with almost all the participants agreeing on the need to act on oceans, seas and marine resources pollution except the United States and Egypt.
She said over 1300 delegates endorsed the agreed document to stop and act on pollution of the seas and oceans.
Delegates at the high level meeting agreed on issues pertaining to governance, over-fishing and taking real action to stop further damage.
Speaking on the sidelines of the same conference, Foreign Affairs Minister Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi said the oceans and seas belong to the whole of humanity and not just those countries that have a seacoast.
Speaking to Zimbabwean journalists on the participation of landlocked countries at the just ended high level conference on implementing SDG Number 14 which obliges UN member states to take action on the sustainable use of oceans, seas and other marine bodies, Minister Mumbengegwi said countries that have a sea line own just 200 kilometres of the waters on their coasts and the rest is shared property by the whole of humankind including those that are landlocked.
He explained that the sustainable use of oceans and seas is therefore everyone’s duty.
Minister Mumbengegwi was speaking soon after arrival from New York this afternoon where he had accompanied President Robert Mugabe for the high level meeting which was co-hosted by the Prime Ministers of Sweden and the Fiji Islands to focus the world attention on the seriousness of the pollution which is taking its toll on aquatic life and biodiversity.
President Mugabe also addressed world leaders who took part in that meeting at the UN Headquarters, expressing Zimbabwe’s commitment to the implementation of the SDGs.
He noted that the need to capacitate developing countries through provision of finance and access to technology in the implementation of the SDGs denouncing discrimination by those who have imposed unjust sanctions on Zimbabwe.
Several leaders from governments, organisations and institutions made their presentations.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, president of the UN general assembly, Mr Peter Thomson as well as the co-hosts Fiji Prime Minister, Josaiia Bainirama and Swedish Prime Minister, Isabella Lovin called for urgent action to clean up the seas and oceans.