Vietnam, a country with 3,260 km of coastline, always respects the objectives and principles of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Ambassador Le Hoai Trung, head of the Permanent Representative Mission of Vietnam to the United Nations, made the statement at a ceremony hosted by the UN General Assembly in New York on December 10 to mark the 30th anniversary of the Convention signing.

Vietnam has been, is and will be actively applying the provisions of UNCLOS in sea-related issues, and calls upon other countries to fully implement the Convention to build a world of peace, stability and sustainable development, he stressed.

Speaking at the event, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that when the Convention was opened for signature in 1982, it was called a “constitution for the oceans”.

Like a constitution, it is a firm foundation and permanent document providing order, stability, predictability and security – all based on the rule of law, he said.

On the occasion, Vietnam circulated at the United Nations a report on its implementation of UNCLOS as a responsible party of the Convention.