Japan's Contribution to the Trust Fund for the purpose of defraying the costs of participation of the members of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf from developing States in the meetings of the Commission

June 11, 2013
Japanese

    1. On Tuesday, June 11 (Monday, June 10 local time), at the 23rd Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the Japanese Delegation announced that the Government of Japan would contribute approximately 350,000 US dollars to the Trust Fund for the purpose of defraying the costs of participation of the members of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf from developing States in the meetings of the Commission.
    2. The Commission, established in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), assumes the important role of considering and qualifying the submission regarding the outer limits of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles, made by States Parties pursuant to UNCLOS, and making recommendations. The said trust fund was established to support the members of the Commission from developing States who are facing financial difficulties to participate in the meetings of the Commission held in New York.
    3. Through this contribution, it is expected that the participation of the members from developing States in the meetings of the Commission will be encouraged, which in turn will facilitate the smooth and speedy consideration of the submission regarding the outer limits of the continental shelf made by the States Parties.

* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.