The Ocean Affairs Council held the "2023 International Conference on Current Marine Affairs and Policy" at the International Conference Hall, College Administrative Building, Taipei APA on July 31st. The conference focused on "Global Trends in Ocean Affairs, Including Gender Issues" and "Developments in Taiwan's Surrounding Waters," conducting six sessions of discussions.
Chairman Kuan emphasized the importance of creating a gender-friendly environment and encouraging diverse gender participation in the field of ocean affairs. During the conference, feminist perspectives were used to examine international maritime law[A1] and explore the interconnectedness of women and the ocean. Additionally, the Ocean Affairs Council stressed that it shoulders the mission of frontline defense for national security and should prudently face the increasingly severe cross-strait issues and developments in the surrounding waters. They urged their colleagues to prioritize "the three securities" - national security, public security, and personal safety - as a commitment to safeguarding the people of Taiwan.
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The conference invited experts and scholars from various international fields, including the United States, the Philippines, and South Korea, to provide diverse perspectives on geopolitics, law, and policies. The discussions have yielded significant achievements and recommendations, which can serve as a reference for future marine policy planning in Taiwan.