The High Level Conference to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal Number 14 (SDG 14) continues at the UN headquarters in New York.

Plenary Sessions are being held where heads of state continue to issue statements on the challenges of fighting oceans and seas pollution and resultant climate change which threatens humanity and future generations as well as partnership dialogue meetings on the subject.

Zimbabwean ministers accompanying the President are expected to participate in the meetings on Making Fisheries Sustainable , and the meeting on Increasing Scientific Knowledge and Developing Research Capacity and Transfer of Marine Technology.

The Conference’s importance to Zimbabwe is that the country’s economic development is anchored on the judicious exploitation of the country’s abundant human and natural resources as enunciated in ZIM ASSET.

Although Zimbabwe has no sea and uses ports of other countries like Namibia, South Africa and Tanzania, events and activities in those countries affect Zimbabwe in the same way they affect those countries, hence Zimbabwe’s keen interest and presence at the high level meeting.

According to a statement by Ministries of Environment, Water and Climate and Foreign Affairs, the conference is also important to Zimbabwe as it covers over 70 percent of the surface of the earth and constitute most of its biosphere.