Forum for Integrated National Security (FINS) will
host ocean security governance conference ‘SAGAR’ between 12th Oct
and 14th Oct at Goa, says a release. Redefining national
security from a well-being perspective, Indian policy makers and strategic
thinkers from the global arena will converge in Goa in mid-Oct to dwell on
ocean as one water body across the world in an integrated manner. The
initiative is part of `Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR)’ a
term coined by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the well-being of all citizens
in the region as an Indian initiative.
Organised by FINS – an apolitical think-tank, the
three-day conclave from Oct 12-14 titled – SAGAR Discourse envisages
ocean across the world to be used for addressing issues pertaining to climate
change, fresh water, trade and commerce among several others this year.
“As part of SAGAR, which covers one of the six
dimensions of national security among land, ocean, air space, outer space,
cyber space and genomic space from the well-being perspective of the average
global citizen, this year the focus would be ocean, “said Dr. Prabhakaran
Paleri, vice-president (strategic research) of FINS as also former Director
General of Indian Coast Guard and convener of the discourse. The observations
and findings of the discourse intend to re-engineer an ocean policy to maximize
global and national ocean security governance and provide solutions on critical
geo-political issues, Dr. Paleri said.
The conclave will also deliberate rising sea levels as
well as other issues related to ocean governance from a perspective of United
Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) that defines the rights and
duties of the nations including landlocked and geographically disadvantaged,
with respect to the use of the ocean and the governance thereof in an
internationally accepted manner.
UNCLOS came into force in 1994 and gave legitimacy to
every nation to prosper through participation in ocean governance. “However,
there are geostrategic entities that are yet to accept UNCLOS and ratify as
also practice it. There is also the danger of nations pulling out of the treaty
making the ocean a violent space. Hence, this calls for a descriptive discourse
among the people across the globe including governments, decision makers,
scholars and academia, who are expected to deliberate these issues threadbare
at the three-day conclave,” said Lt Gen (Dr.) D B Shekatkar(Retd.) PVSM, AVSM,
VSM and President, Forum for Integrated National Security.
The conclave will be graced by several global
delegates from across the world. Union minister for External Affairs,
ShrimatiSushmaSwaraj, Union Minister for Shipping and Road Transport,
ShriNitinGadkari, Union Minister for Railways, Shri Piyush Goyal have already
confirmed their presence to address key sessions at the conclave.