The sixth “Our Ocean”
conference was held in Oslo from 23-24 October 2019. In attendance from Sri
Lanka, Ms Bimba Tillekeratne, President Counsel and Senior Legal Advisor to the
Hon. Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ms. Hasanthi Dissanayake, Director General of
Ocean Affairs, Environment and Climate Change Division of the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Norway, H.E. Arusha Cooray, and
Second Secretary Ms. Samanmali Atalugama.
The theme for the
conference was learning, sharing and acting. The conference was attended by
leaders from 100 countries and 100 youth delegates from over 60 countries.
Governments, business, organizations, universities, NGOs and research
institutions were represented. A number of commitments were made in the areas
of climate change, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, maritime protected
areas, sustainable blue economy and maritime security. Issues raised at the
conference covered the sustainable use of oceans, preserving livelihoods,
reducing emissions, re-search and innovation, sustainable technologies,
transparency in ocean data sharing among others. Two Meetings were also held on
the sidelines with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway and the Ministry
of Fisheries and Trade of Norway.