Dominican Republic- Key statements

Date: 1 August 2022

March 2024

26/3/24

  • The delegation noted that it is crucial to prioritize the protection of marine ecosystems and the need to ensure that any compensation for damages covers both direct environmental impacts and socio-economic effects on future generations. 
  • The delegation noted it is essential to consider the long-term consequences of mining on the environment and local communities.

July 2023

25/7/23

  • The delegation stated that “We acknowledge the increasing demand of minerals needed in a global energy transition. Nonetheless, we join those that seek alternatives such as recycling and promoting a circular economy to reduce dependency on these minerals. Exploitation should not be the only solution to satisfy demands. 
  • The delegation recognised scientific concerns with vulnerable biology noted: “Mining could impact these slow-growing animals, many that are not found anywhere else. They need protection. Due to the uncertainty around deep-sea mining, we support the precautionary principle… Our national position is to adopt a precautionary pause

March 2023

31/3/23

  • The Dominican Republic in coherence with the basic principles of its environmental law referred to previously adopts the national position a precautionary pause at the beginning of exploitation of resources in the area until:
    • A: we establish a regulatory and adequate legal framework based on sufficient scientific knowledge for the protection of the marine environment;
    • B: We have more sound scientific certainty to guarantee the protection of the environment;
    • C: We have carried out rigorous and transparent impact assessments;
    • D: We have implemented the precautionary principle, the ecosystem approach and the principle of the polluter pays

27/3/23

  • The delegation stated that the ocean is a vital source of life and it is crucial to take steps to protect them.
  • They stated that a precautionary approach is a vital tool and that we must act with caution if environment could be harmed including when there’s no scientific certainty.
  • The delegation stated a commitment to the effective protection of the ocean and the sustainable use of their resources.
  • Acknowledges that we need to act with caution – deep-sea mining could have serious irreversible consequences.
  • Called for better understanding the impacts of human activities and improving the regulatory framework

July/August 2022

1/8/22

  • Highlighted the need to consider the common heritage of humankind while guaranteeing equitable distribution of benefits based on the needs of countries.

18/7/22

  • Called for full transparency in negotiations and the reinstatement of UN Web TV so that remote delegates, observers, and media could follow meeting proceedings.
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