The area of waters and continental shelf in which Vietnam can enjoy the rights for the sea and resources in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is approximately 1 million square kilometers. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the date the convention came into force, and marks the 25th year of Vietnam’s ratification and depositing of instruments of ratification at the UN Secretariat (July 27, 1994 – July 27, 2019). As a coastal country with a coastline of over 3,260km with thousands of islands, including Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly), Vietnam has many benefits associated with the sea. Recognizing the importance of the sea, Vietnam actively participated in the negotiation process to build the 1982 UNCLOS and has been making great efforts in implementing the Convention. Vietnam was one of 107 countries which signed UNCLOS in Montego Bay, Jamaica, right after the document was open for signing, and it was one of the countries ratifying the convention very early, before the convention took effect. This demonstrates Vietnam’s good will, respect and expectation in a new legal order for the sea and the ocean. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the date the… Read full this story
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