Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo noted in a statement received here, Jakarta, Wednesday that the joint statement was a reminder to world leaders on the significance of maintaining sustainability of the sea for the future of the generations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Leaders of pioneering nations had agreed on the joint statement, and it was simultaneously published during the commemoration of the 12th World Sea Day on June 8, 2020.
A total of 14 leaders, including from Norway, Ghana, Mexico, Chile, Japan, and Indonesia's own President Joko Widodo, form the High Level Panel for A Sustainable Ocean Economy.
"Indonesia's participation in the joint statement confirmed its active role and leadership for championing a resolution to maritime and fishery issues amid the struggles of countries in the world against COVID-19," the minister stated.
In the joint statement, world leaders, including from Indonesia, were on the same page to advance the economic values of sustainable ocean, effective protection, sustainable production, and equitable welfare, as the sea is believed to serve as a solution to a more resilient and prosperous world.
The statement also highlighted that the sea is the foundation of the global economy, as it is estimated to contribute over US$2.5 trillion annually in added value services as a source of food and income for over three billion people globally while concurrently accommodating the transportation of some 90 percent of the global trade.
The sea is viewed as being a source of renewable energy and the key aspect in combating diseases, so investment in a sustainable marine economy is an agreement that is beneficial for the global economy, marine sustainability, and public welfare.
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