COVID-19 has impacted the world in an unprecedented manner, and the “new normal” has underscored the importance of multilateral cooperation in overcoming the challenges on the horizon. The importance of the seas as a global commons has been brought home amid border closures and travel restrictions. The Asia Pacific hosts important sea lanes that rely on the safety and security of regional waters so that our global supply chains remain robust.
The increasingly complex challenges in the maritime domain remind us about the fundamental importance of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to maintain order and stability at sea.
The international community must stand together to uphold established rules and preserve the rules-based order that has allowed trade to flourish and peace to prevail.
The safety and security of the seas can only be maintained through a cooperative network consisting of all maritime stakeholders. As threats continue to proliferate and evolve, the maritime community must also work closely together to innovate and find practical solutions to combat the challenges at hand.
The 7th IMSC invites academics, policy makers and stakeholders from the wider maritime sector to share their thoughts on promoting safe and secure seas in this new normal.
- Session 1 : Preserving Peace and Stability in the Post-Pandemic Maritime Commons
- Session 2: Maritime Connectivity and Resilience in the Post-Pandemic Maritime Environment
- Session 3: Rules-Based Maritime Order in the ‘New Normal’
- Session 4: Looking Ahead – Maritime Security and Cooperation in the Asia Pacific