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27 March 2020, New York - General Statement on behalf of the European Union and its Member States by H.E. Mr Olof Skoog, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, on the occasion of the Joint Briefing by the UN Secretary General, the President of the General Assembly, the President of the Economic and Social Council and the President of the Security Council on the COVID19 response.
Portugal and Kenya, as Co-Hosts of the UN Ocean Conference, would like to inform Member States and other stakeholders that consultations with the United Nations are ongoing with a view to postponing the 2020 United Nations Ocean Conference to a later date, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Updates on this will be made available as soon as possible.
The two countries would like to reaffirm their unwavering commitment to the conservation and sustainable use of our Ocean, as well as their readiness to resume the logistical preparations as soon as possible. Meanwhile, substantial preparatory work should continue as feasible in the present circumstances.