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“Thanks very much for completion letter, I am so glad and proud of it. Again thanks”

Gloria Yona

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“The UN- Nippon fellowship program is an excellent program for young experts from developing countries to improve knowledge in the field of law of the sea. Through the program, apart from obtaining knowledge on law of the sea, I have learnt many other things e.g.:

–         Skills to do a research;
–         Skills to make presentation;
–         Skills to make policy analysis;
–         Skills to make a report for a meeting.

After the course, my knowledge on law of the sea in general and maritime security in particular have been improved, which definitely contribute to the development of my career, through that, I can contribute more effectively to the development of my country. I do hope that DOALOS and The Nippon Foundation will continue the program in the future so that young experts from developing countries can get benefit from it.

Last but not least, I would like to express my sincere thanks to DOALOS, The Nippon Foundation, in particular Dr. Francois Bailet – for making dream of young experts in developing countries become true. In return, alumni will need to make more efforts to maintain and build up networking in order to ensure the rules of law of the sea and to develop a world with clean ocean and safe maritime transport.”

Ha Viet Tran
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I have the pleasure and honor to be back in New York, a year and a half later after having completed the United Nations – Nippon Foundation Fellowship Program, this time as a representative of my country, Bulgaria, to the 17th Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the 8th meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea.

As a 2005-2006 Alumni of the Program, I would like to express my strong belief in the numerous benefits of its implementation, particularly focusing on providing advanced education and training to public servants in the field of oceans affairs and the law of the sea. The Program is exceptionally useful in providing an enhanced understanding of key issues in the law of the sea, including assisting in the furthering of Fellows’ professional capacities and competencies. The Program has helped me to gain an advanced awareness of such matters, thereby enabling me to contribute to the national formulation a comprehensive ocean policy and implementing the legal regime set out in the Law of the Sea Convention and related international instruments adopted at the global level.

Hanna Mihneva-Natova