Healthy oceans are essential for global food security

The Netherlands is actively addressing climate change and global water and food security. King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands, Queen Máxima of The Netherlands and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte were attending the 70th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.

New York, 28 september 2015: Koning Willem-Alexander houdt een toespraak tijdens het UNGA side event, oceans 14: 'implementing the Samoa Pathway and SDG 14 by SIDS through Public-Private Partnerships' © Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken.

His Majesty the King speeches at UNGA side event, Oceans 14: ‘implementing the Samoa Pathway and SDG 14 by SIDS through Public-Private Partnerships’, New York

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Oceans 14

The programme for the Kingdom delegation is filled with numerous events, talks and bilateral meetings. In his speech at the Oceans 14 event King Willem-Alexander refers to 'oceans that are a very foundation of the economic development of small island developing states. Most Small Island Development States should be regarded as Large Ocean States - relatively small in land mass, but large in terms of their exclusive economic zones. This makes them the custodians of a great part of the world's oceans.'

Food security

Healthy oceans are essential for global food security, livelihoods and economic growth, and play a foundational role in solving one of the biggest problems of the 21st century – how to sustainably feed 9 billion people by 2050. Ocean health and productivity must therefore be at the heart of global efforts to end extreme poverty, eradicate hunger, and build resilience to climate change.