Resolution on Promoting Cooperation and Responsible Management of the Arctic Region

27APPF RES 06

27th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum
14-17 January 2019

Resolution on Promoting Cooperation and Responsible Management of the Arctic Region

APPF27/RES/06

(Sponsored by the Canada)

We, parliamentarians of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF), gathering in historic city of Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia, for the 27th Annual Meeting of APPF under the theme “Strengthening Parliamentary Partnership for Peace, Security and Sustainable Development”:

Recalling resolutions adopted by APPF Member States at past Annual Meetings, including the most recent Strengthening Joint Action to Respond to Climate Change (2018);  Promotion of Conservation and Sustainable Use of Ecosystems, Oceans and Marine Resources (2017); and Conserving and Sustainably Managing our Shared Ocean (2016),

Recognizing that the Arctic Ocean is a unique and fragile ecosystem;

Affirming that many of the concerns facing the Arctic Region are shared by the Antarctic Region;

Deeply concerned that the Arctic is warming at more than twice the global rate;

Aware of the widespread impact of climate change on the Arctic marine environment and on the lives, livelihoods and traditions of the Arctic’s inhabitants;

Cognizant that climate change in the Arctic has an impact on global climatic systems;

Recalling national commitments made pursuant to the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change;

Committed to upholding the Arctic as a region of peace, stability and cooperation;

Recognizing the sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction of Arctic states in the Arctic;

Also recognizing that an extensive legal framework applies to the Arctic Ocean, notably the Law of the Sea;

Underscoring its respect for the values, interests, culture and traditions of Arctic Indigenous peoples;

Reaffirming the need to support the realization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as it relates to the Arctic region;

Welcoming the entry into force of the legally binding International Code For Ships Operating In Polar Waters [Polar Code];

Recalling the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;

Convinced of the importance of both scientific knowledge and Indigenous and local knowledge of the Arctic environment and ecosystems;

Recognizing that the level of international interest in the Arctic has been growing in recent years;


RESOLVES TO:

1. Welcome initiatives and precautions undertaken by APPF Member States, including Arctic and non-Arctic states, that focus on environmental protection, scientific research, and sustainable development of the region;

2. Implement the national commitments put forward under the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change;

3. Support efforts to respect the Agreement to Prevent Unregulated Commercial Fishing on the High Seas of the Central Arctic Ocean, which was signed by 10 parties, including the APPF Member States of Canada, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the United States in October 2018, and will enter into force upon the ratification of the 10 parties;

4. Support efforts to comply with the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters and other mandatory instruments administered by the International Maritime Organization;

5. Respect national laws of the Arctic States concerning polar navigation;

6. Invite APPF Member States to sign, ratify and implement the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS);

7. Call on APPF Member States to refrain from any behavior that would contravene the established sovereign rights and jurisdiction of Arctic states and the international legal framework that applies in the Arctic Ocean;

8. Reiterate the importance of science diplomacy and emphasize the necessity to work together, in collaboration with Arctic Indigenous Peoples and local communities, to enhance and deepen scientific knowledge and understanding of the Arctic to safeguard it as a safe, sustainable, prosperous and peaceful place for generations to come; 

9. Commit to building the research capacity of polar science institutes, and the exchanges and linkages amongst them;

10. Affirm that many of these actions are also relevant for the Antarctic and should be applied as appropriate.



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