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Please Check Aqainst Defivery STATEMENT BY H,E. THE AMBASSADOR EXTRAORDINARY AND PLENIPOTENTIARY, PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF MONGOLIA TO THE UNITED NATIONS DELIVERED AT THE THE UNITED NATIONS OCEANS CONFERENCE PLENARY 5TM - 9TM JUNE 2017 New York 9th June 2017 Mro President, ExceHences, Distinguished delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen, At the outset, ÿ wish to congratu0ate you Mr. President for convening this important Highqeveÿ United Nations Conference to Support the Umpÿementation of SustainaMe Development Goa0 14, "Conserve and sustainaMy use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development". My delegation associates itseHf with the statements delivered by the distinguished representative of Ecuador on behaff of the Group of 77 and China, as well as the distinguished representative of Zambia on behalf of the Group of LLDCs. Mr. President, wouÿd like to higNight the following points in my nationaÿ capacity. The Government of Mongolia attaches great importance on the Sustainable DeveUopment Goaÿ 14. Achieving the Goaÿ 14 is crucial, because no one should be left behind and outlining importance of conserve and sustainabSy use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development, which considers the specific needs for the andÿocked deveRoping countries. As a ÿandÿocked developing country, Mongolia is seeking to attain the economic benefits from the internationaJ trades and transports by mutua0 agreements with transit countries, planning to implement projects that allow Mongolia to gain access to the ocean. Pursuant to the above, the Government of Mongolia is closely cooperating with the qnternational Maritime Organization in supporting the deveBopment of field of oceans, seas and maritime in Mongolia as a state party to the Convention on hternationaÿ Maritime Organization. Thus, the hternationaÿ Maritime Organization has provided valuaMe recommendations on preparing documents needed to join the organization and developing structures of the Maritime Administration in Mongolia. Mr. President, Mongolia has joined 23 treaties, conventions, and protocoDs on oceans, such as the Convention on Transit Trade of Land-locked States, the Wodd Trade Organization Trade FaciBitation Agreement (TFA), the Barcelona Declaration Recognising the Right to a Flag of States having no Sea-coast, United Nations Conventions on the Law of the Sea of 1958 and t 982 respective0y, which decnare the right of landlocked states to and from the sea and freedom of transit. To successfully promote the development of the oceans, seas and maritime transportation agencies and to effectively estaMish its status in the intemationa0 maritime system, Mongolia is continuing to engage in bi0ateral and muntHateraÿ cooperation with the regional and coastaÿ countries and other internationaR ÿeading partiesÿ Mr. President, The initiaU backbone and pillar of the National water policy of MongoKia is to conserve and sustainable use of water. The Parliament of Mongolia has approved the National water policy by its resolution in 2010, and later approved necessary rules, regulations, and standards. Un 1999, the Maritime Law of Mongolia was adopted by the Parliament of Mongolia, which aims to create favorable JegaJ environment for registration of ships in the ship registry of Mongolia, and for a Mongolian vessel to be used in the international maritime activities. The expansion and improvement of road, infrastructure sector, and the waterbased transportation system of Mongolia play an important role in the economy. According to the implementation of the National water policy, the internationally accepted rescue equipment and making improvements of laws and legislations relating to the water-based transportation system is also important cooperation areas for seeking supports from the international organizations. Mr. President, In conclusion, the oceans are a common heritage to aH and to the fact that maintaining sustainability and health of the oceans is of great importance to all countries. The main challenges for the landlocked developing countries are knowledge gaps and lack of capacity on oceans, seas and maritime matters, therefore, the capacity building and technicaÿ assistance is important to integrate these countries to successfully contribute in the implementation of SDG 14. I Thank You.