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.
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.'
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.