Committee: United Nations General Assembly Topic: Sustainable Strategies for Safer Governance of International Waters Country: Republic

Of Colombia Delegate: Chaitanya Gupta

The Republic of Colombia expresses it deep concern of the rising problem of unsafe international waters. The Colombia fully supports all international efforts for solving this major international matter, reaffirms its readiness for a continuation active role and declares its position for a needed openness, cooperation and pragmatism that the international community can assist in a satisfactory conclusion to this problem. Colombia has been suffering from major problem of drug and arm trafficking through Sea Gulf of Panama. The biggest problem is that in parts of Colombia, the State does not have a monopoly on the use of force. Highly organized criminal structures such as drug trafficking mafias and paramilitary groups are well armed and dangerous. Weapons and ammunition are being smuggled into Colombia, very often in return for drugs. Regional cooperation and improved border control are essential to cut the links between drug trafficking, organized crime and insurgency. Huge drug cash seizure in Bogota and largest ever drugs seizure, with

almost 25 metric tons of cocaine, valued at £250 million clearly tell of the grave situation of unsafe international waters around Colombia. Colombia has taken several significant steps, along with its partners, to safely govern the international waters. These include ratifying and fully supporting the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), also called the Law of the Sea Convention (1973-1982).Colombia preferred to handle security and global matters through the international forums provided by the UN General Assembly and Security Council. Pursuing a somewhat independent course, Colombia became a respected voice in the General Assembly and other international arenas on matters of international law. It played an active role in the various UN conferences on the law of the sea. Colombia preferred to handle security and global matters through the international forums provided by the UN General Assembly and Security Council. Pursuing a somewhat independent course, Colombia became a respected voice in the General Assembly and other

international arenas on matters of international law. It played an active role in the various UN conferences on the law of the sea. Due to our willingness for an open progressive dialogue and actions in satisfactory conclusion, Republic of Colombia is calling upon other states for a full respect and observation of the convention relating Status of International Waters, adopted by the General Assembly and full cooperation in developing innovative measure to improve security of International Waters. The Republic of Colombia believes that there are three major points on which the international community should focus its attention in solving the matter of international waters and which should be a focus of further development:
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The prevention of crime through seas and oceans; The reduction of crime through seas and oceans;

● The protection of victims of crime through seas and oceans. The outlined three objectives form the core of the problem and introduce the path to the creation of working solutions. Regional cooperation and improved border control are essential to cut the links between drug trafficking, organized crime and insurgency. Colombia pledges complete support to accomplish these goals, and further resolves to be open to all others that lead the world towards a more peaceful and prosperous future. By focusing its attention on the matter of the safer governance of international waters in general, the Republic of Colombia believes that the international community should join its efforts in developing the existing practices for safer governance of international waters all over the world by exchanging working mechanisms and involvement in problems with full cooperation in order to solve a pressing matter wherever it has occur.