There will be a forum this week in Washington, D.C., to explore the question of who owns the Caribbean Sea:
Jamaica’s ambassador to the United States, Stephen Vasciannie, will deliver the keynote address at a forum entitled “Who Owns the Caribbean Sea?”, on Thursday, November 8, 2012, at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in Washington, DC.
The Forum is organized by the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), the IDB and a number of Caribbean embassies to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Law of the sea.
According to the president of the ICS, Dr Claire Nelson, the forum will bring into focus a critical question facing the countries that rim the Caribbean Basin. She said that while most often CARICOM countries take center stage in the discussion of all things Caribbean, the reality is for matters pertaining to the Caribbean Sea, there are 32 countries, territories and dependencies that ‘own’ the Caribbean Sea.
Nelson pointed out that attendees can expect a lively forum, including an update on matters pertaining to the UN Law of the Sea and to the critical aspects affecting the sustainable economic exploitation of the Caribbean Sea.