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The Commonwealth Ministerial Summit on Oceans begins tonight in Paphos

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    The reception includes greetings and speeches by the Minister of Agriculture Maria Panagiotou and the Deputy Minister of Shipping Marina Hatzimanoli

    With the opening reception this afternoon at 7 p.m. the work of the Ministerial Conference on the Oceans of the Commonwealth of Nations on the theme “Our resilient shared ocean: from Cyprus to Samoa”, which will be held tomorrow, Friday, April 19, in Kouklia, Paphos, begins.

    The reception includes greetings and speeches by the Minister of Agriculture Maria Panagiotou and the Deputy Minister of Shipping Marina Chatzimanoli, while a preparatory meeting of the Senior Officials of the Commonwealth of Nations is also planned in view of tomorrow's work.

    According to the organizers, the meeting will be attended by Government Ministers and senior officials from Commonwealth member states. Commonwealth Ministers responsible for oceans will meet to set the principles, priorities and actions for a Commonwealth Declaration on Oceans and agree a roadmap that will pave the way for the adoption of the Declaration at CHOGM 2024 in Samoa.

    One-fifth of all maritime trade and one-fifth of seaports are within the Commonwealth. 49 of the Commonwealth's 56 member countries border the ocean and are home to 47% of the world's coral reefs and 34% of its mangrove forests. A third of the world's marine waters are under national jurisdiction.

    25 of the 33 small Commonwealth nations are small island developing states (SIDS) or “large ocean states”, ie the two thirds of the world total.

    Source: cyprustimes.com

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