|Ambassador Dang Hoang Giang, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations (Photo: VNA)
Ambassadors they debated the group's future orientations as important events on maritime and ocean issues at the UN are to be held, such as the Meeting of States Parties to UNCLOS1982 (SPLOS 33) and the adoption of the Agreement on the Conservation of Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ).
The diplomats vowed that the Group will continue actively upholding its role, diversifying its operating methods and persistently pursue its objectives, particularly in the context of advancing multilateralism and international cooperation, which are becoming increasingly essential.
Initiated by Vietnam and Germany in 2020, the UNCLOS Group of Friends is an informal exchange and coordination mechanism among countries, particularly at the UN, aimed at collaborating on areas of shared interest.
Its founding members include Argentina, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Jamaica, Kenya, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Oman, Senegal, South Africa and Vietnam. To date, the Group has 115 member states representing all geographic regions.