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Welcome Message from Ambassador Andreas Hadjichrysanthou

amb-hadj-1Dear friends,

Welcome to the website of the Permanent Mission of Cyprus to the United Nations.

Cyprus has been a proud member of the UN since its independence in 1960. The UN has always been at the core of Cyprus’ foreign policy; as a small state, we see our values and interests firmly embedded in a rules-based international order, and consider the UN as the cornerstone of effective multilateralism to address global challenges, including in relation to peace and security, climate change, protection and promotion of human rights for all, and sustainable development.

It is a great privilege to serve as Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the United Nations. Together with our small but dynamic team, we work to advance the interests, and the principles and the values of Cyprus. As an EU Member State, we also contribute, in coordination with our EU partners, to the enhancing and deepening of the EU – UN partnership which is focused on the promotion and protection of the multilateral and rules-based global governance system.

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Ambassador Andreas Hadjichrysanthou

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amb-unclosStatement by the PR of Cyprus to the UN, Amb. Andreas Hadjichrysanthou, at the plenary meeting of the GA in commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea

8 December 2022

Mr. Chairman,

Cyprus associates itself with the statement made earlier on behalf of the European Union and its Member States, as well as with the statement of the Group of Friends of UNCLOS.

The marking of the 40th anniversary of the adoption of UNCLOS is an occasion for celebration, as well as an opportunity to reflect on the Convention’s achievements and successful contribution to the promotion of the peaceful uses and the freedom of the seas; the exploitation of their natural resources, including the sustainable utilization and conservation of their living resources; and the study, protection and preservation of the marine environment.

The Convention was rightly once described by the UN Secretary-General as ‘one of the most significant and visionary multilateral instruments of the twentieth century’. The negotiations that led to the adoption of the Convention in 1982 were exemplary from the point of view of multilateral diplomacy, and UNCLOS III was the first major international conference that decided to rely on consensus as a rule of decision-making. Since the day it opened for signature -10 December 1982 – the Convention has achieved nearly universal acceptance.

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