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Raisina Dialogue opens with call to free oceans

Indirectly criticising China for not playing by global rules on the law of the seas, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said “might is right” could not be the governing principal for the oceans.
Jan 9, 2019
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NEW DELHI: Indirectly criticising China for not playing by global rules on the law of the seas, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said “might is right” could not be the governing principal for the oceans.
 
The principle of might is right cannot be used for ocean governance, Solberg said while delivering her inaugural address at the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi on Tuesday in the presence of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 
 
Calling for proper and equitable use of resources of the oceans, Solberg pitched for promoting the ‘Blue (ocean) Economy’ and said resources in the ocean needed to be used properly as the oceans were among the “commons” that link nations of the world.
 
Linking climate change with the oceans, Solberg said rapid climate changes in the Arctic area would have a far-reaching global impact and the world has a responsibility to protect the oceans. 
 
A host of dignitaries including the foreign ministers of Australia, Iran, the European Union, Mongolia and Nepal are among the scores of speakers scheduled to address the 2019 edition of the Raisina Dialogue. 

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