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Indonesia pushes for stronger regulation on marine pollution

  • Ayomi Amindoni
    Ayomi Amindoni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 20, 2016   /  10:40 am
 Indonesia pushes for stronger regulation on marine pollution President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo speaks at an International Maritime Organization (IMO) meeting in London on Tuesday. Indonesia has called for comprehensive regulations to tackle marine pollution that threatens the sustainability of marine life. (Photo Courtesy of Presidential Staff Office/Laily Rachev)

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo stressed the importance of marine sustainability and called for better and comprehensive international regulations to address marine pollution on Tuesday.

Speaking at an International Maritime Organization (IMO) meeting in London on Tuesday, the President pointed out that offshore oil rig activities also contributed to marine pollution.

"Currently, we there are no regulations stipulating the responsibilities and compensation for transboundary pollution caused by these activities," he said as quoted in a press statement sent out by the presidential press bureau.

The future of global welfare lies in the management of the ocean, he said.

Indonesia has taken a firm stance against illegal fishing in Indonesian waters, which violate the country's sovereignty and damages the maritime environment, the President told 171 representatives of state.

"We realize the utilization of marine resources should bring sustainable welfare to our people. It is our responsibility as citizens of the world to preserve the oceans," Jokowi said.

The IMO is a United Nations' agency established in 1959 to safeguard the security and safety of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution.

The agency, lead by IMO secretary-general Kitack Lim from South Korea, plays a pivotal role considering 80 percent of world trade relies on shipping.

The IMO has generated a number of international legal instruments and mechanisms, such as the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Cooperation (OPRC).  (rin)

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