The Secretary-General of SEAFDEC, Ms. Malinee Smithrithee, delivered a statement at the SDG14 Roundtable: Conserve and Sustainably Use the Oceans, Seas, and Marine Resources for Sustainable Development on 29 March 2022. SEAFDEC was invited to the SDG14 Roundtable to highlight Southeast Asia’s effort in achieving the SDG14 targets. In her statement, Ms. Malinee underscored the importance of fisheries to food security, livelihoods, and the economy. SEAFDEC in collaboration with various partners has been supporting the ASEAN Member States to undertake activities in contributing to the achievement of SDG14 targets such as reducing marine pollution, combatting IUU fishing, and protecting the marine ecosystem towards sustainable utilization of marine resources. During the breakout session, the Special Departmental Coordinator for SEAFDEC/TD, Dr. Taweekiet Amornpiyakrit, served as a facilitator during the discussion on sustainable fishing practices.
The SDG14 Roundtable was one of the sessions of the Ninth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) which was convened on 28–31 March 2022 by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Bangkok, Thailand. The regional Forum was aimed at reviewing the progress and sharing the experiences of various stakeholders on the regional actions to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific. This year’s theme focused on “Building back better from COVID-19.” The outcomes of this Forum will be reported to the global High-level Political Forum in July 2022.