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FINS all set to host Ocean Security Governance Conference ‘SAGAR’ on 12th Oct

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.


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