Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan was in New York to attend the High-Level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (the Ocean Conference) from 7 to 8 June 2017.

Minister Balakrishnan delivered Singapore's national statement at the Conference on 8 June 2017. He underlined the need to achieve sustainable development of the oceans in a balanced and integrated manner, and in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). He highlighted measures taken by Singapore to promote cleaner shipping, reduce marine debris, enhance environmental conservation and support marine biodiversity as part of Singapore's voluntary commitments.

Minister Balakrishnan also reaffirmed Singapore's commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change and its swift implementation. The text of Singapore's national statement is enclosed.

Minister Balakrishnan also had bilateral meetings with President of Palau Tommy Remengesau, Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden Isabella LAlvin and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica Kamina Johnson Smith. They reaffirmed the warm and friendly bilateral ties, and discussed ways which small states can support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore