Addressing the same meeting, Assembly Vice-President Ambassador Rodney Charles said UNCLOS had become a critical element of the international legal framework.
"The absence of a global legal framework led to the threat of maritime conflict as well as an often chaotic and unregulated exploitation of maritime resources," Mr. Charles
"Member States realized a universal law of the sea was urgently needed."
Both Mr. Ban and Mr. Charles
highlighted the expected central role UNCLOS will play as world governments and institutions set a global development agenda focused on sustainable resource use.
noted that Rio+20's outcome documents recognized the importance of UNCLOS' legal framework for 'achieving the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans."
"A sustainable future will involve renewable energies," he
also highlighted an additional oceans-related initiative Mr. Ban launched in August with the aim of supporting and strengthening the implementation of UNCLOS.
The Oceans Compact: Healthy Oceans for Prosperity sets out a "strategic vision for the UN system to deliver on ocean-related mandates," Mr. Charles