In order to achieve SDG 14, Bangladesh has announced five new commitments to the "7th Our Ocean Conference" in Palau.
"We must protect, preserve and promote our oceans and ecosystems to save planet earth," said Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen told the conference co-hosted by Palau and the United States on April 13-14.
Mentioning the five new commitments, Momen said Bangladesh announced the National Plan of Action to eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in compliance with the internationally agreed market-related measures.
The foreign minister referred to establishment of a new Marine Protected Area in Saint Martin’s Island reaching a total of 8.8% of its Exclusive Economic Zone.
He said steps aimed at ensuring safe ship recycling by 2023 have alao been taken.
He also mentioned the Solid Waste Management Rules 2021 as part of the commitments.
Bangladesh is committed to harnessing marine resources sustainably under Blue Economy for inclusive development, Momen said.