Honourable Turnbull Attends UN Ocean Convention In Portugal

Minister for Pure Assets and Labour Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull is in Lisbon Portugal attending the United Nations (UN) Ocean Convention from June 27 to July 1. Appearing Everlasting Secretary within the Ministry of Pure Assets and Labour Mr. Joseph Smith-Abbott can also be in attendance.

The aim of the UN Ocean Convention is to mobilise motion and propel a lot wanted science-based revolutionary options aimed toward bridging the hole between the present state of the ocean and the 2030 sustainable growth targets that requires international ocean motion, particularly, aim 14 of Life Beneath Water. These options for a sustainably managed ocean will contain inexperienced know-how and revolutionary makes use of of marine assets; additionally they embrace addressing the threats to well being, ecology, economic system, governance of the ocean, acidification, marine litter and air pollution, unlawful unreported and unregulated fishing, and the lack of habitats and biodiversity.

The Minister for Pure Assets and Labour shared his pleasure for the chance to signify the Territory on the UN Ocean Convention. He stated, “I am excited for the opportunity to represent the Territory at the 2022 United Nations Ocean Conference. The oceans play an integral part in the economy and environment of the Virgin Islands, given that we have 200 nautical miles under our stewardship. With the right strategies in place, we have a remarkable opportunity to creatively diversify our economy. We must continue to find ways to protect the environment; provide educational opportunities and preserve our marine resources to ensure sustainability.”


He added, “Further to this, in light of climate change our efforts must be redoubled, and this conference will increase our capacity to discover the relevant solutions. We hope through this effort to advance our “Blue Economy” technique, by constructing partnerships and gathering info to enhance livelihoods by the sustainable use of the ocean.”

Appearing Everlasting Secretary, Mr. Joseph Smith-Abbott additionally commented on the significance of the UN Ocean Convention. He stated, “Participation at the meeting recognises the BVI’s long trajectory in the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources.  It will highlight the work that Government and various Non-governmental Organisations (NGO), private and civil society partners are undertaking to mitigate environmental degradation, restoration of coastal and marine habitats and offer opportunities for the development of the Blue Economy, charter industry, Shipping Registry, protected area management and other significant economic activities.”

The weeklong ocean convention will function quite a lot of interactive plenary dialogues starting from addressing marine air pollution to leveraging interlinkages between Sustainable Growth Purpose 14 and different targets in direction of the implementation of the 2030 agenda. These interactive dialogues will contribute to bilateral exchanges with colleagues regionally and internationally to advance ocean conservation and the event of alternatives to reinforce the sustainable use of the coastal and marine assets of the Territory.


The Authorities of the Virgin Islands by the Ministry of Pure Assets and Labour continues to successfully handle and administer the pure assets of the Territory in a way that ensures long-term sustainability.


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