NEW YORK – The Philippine Consulate General in New York opened the exhibit entitled, “Archipelagic States: Identity, Consciousness and Law” at the Philippine Center in New York to highlight the Philippines’ unique identity as an archipelago and its contribution to the development of the archipelagic states regime in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
The opening ceremony was attended by members of the diplomatic and consular corps in New York as well as Master of Laws candidates from Cornell University, Harvard University, and Fordham University.
Philippine Consul General Senen Mangalile, in his welcome remarks, stated that “As an archipelago of over 7,000 islands, the Philippines championed the archipelagic principle, an important concept that unites land, water, and people into a single legal entity, in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea or UNCLOS.” He added that the eventual recognition and incorporation of the principle in the UNCLOS is a milestone in advancing the Philippine’s vital interest as an archipelagic state, and asserting its identity and territory as indelibly imprinted in its Constitution.
Ambassador Antonio M. Lagdameo, Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations, honored the occasion by agreeing to cut the ribbon.
The exhibit featured a 20-foot panel display showing the evolution of the archipelagic state regime and the contributions of the Philippines towards advancing it. The photo panels offer a rich imagery of Philippine coastal areas and the biodiverse marine communities thereat. The exhibit is open to the public at the Philippine Center lobby and will run until 24 November 2023.