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Jakarta Post

Indonesia wants binding Manado declaration to protect sea

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 20 2009   /  10:09 am

Indonesia hopes that any outcomes from an international ocean conference being held in North Sulawesi will be legally binding, so developed nations will be willing to finance moves being taken to mitigate climate change, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Freddy Numberi said Monday.
The Minister hoped the World Ocean Conference (WOC), being held in Manado, North Sulawesi from May 11 to May 15, would lead to a Manado Ocean Declaration.
“We hope the United Nations will endorse the declaration and make it legally binding for all member countries,” Freddy told The Jakarta Post. He said such an agreement would be important for Indonesia because rising sea levels, triggered by global warming, were threatening small islands with a poor capacity to deal with climate change.
“By protecting the oceans, we will be saving the livelihoods of so many ...