“It is our honour and a privilege to take part in the 13th annual Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian seas and today's special seminar on Ocean Diplomacy in particular.
Ocean Governance, Diplomacy and Literacy are essential in reaching the sustainable development goals, especially the 14th goal that is a number one to the most of us in this room. Ocean governance is the process led by humans with an aim to establish our legal and moral relationship with the wellbeing of the ocean, its services and its resources.
Just yesterday we emphasized in our class that every single species are essential to maintaining of biodiversity, so are our individual choices – they shape the ocean‘s tomorrow.
Today we can all agree with the Elisabeth Mann-Borgese, the Mother of the Ocean and founder of IOI “A glass is half full” and we are here to keep filling it and do our part to reach “The Ocean we need for the future we want” (IOC).
As her Excellency Ambassador Borg emphasized, “it takes time to make history” – we are grateful to be with the people that are making it.”
Message of Class of 2017, presented by E. Baltranaite