Anniken Enersen and Ulrik Tetzschner celebrating the 30 year anniversary of UNCLOS at the General Assembly today. Photo: Elin Bjerkebo
30 years of the UN Convention on Law of the Sea
Last updated: 12/10/2012 //
The “constitution of the oceans” celebrates its 30th anniversary today, and remains one of the greatest contributions to international law. It is of the highest importance to coastal states. Norway has claimed control of its oil and gas resources at sea based on the Convention.
Norway is currently assisting seven African coastal states with submissions to establish the outer limits of their continental shelves, which will give them control of natural resources on the seabed. The UN General Assembly calls upon states with in-depth knowledge and expertise to assist developing countries with their claims.
All Norwegian activities on its continental shelf and in its economic zone are governed by the UN Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The Convention also establishes the framework to combat piracy and armed robbery at sea, and the General Assembly repeatedly encourages States to cooperate to combat piracy.
The Convention provides a solid foundation for peaceful, responsible and predictable management of the oceans, and sets up lasting and fundamental rules for changing ocean conditions.
Read more about Norway’s agreement with the African coastal states.