Over three days, the highest officials involved in the preparatory process for "Rio +20, the next United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD – Rio de Janeiro – 20th and 22nd June 2012) met in Monaco. During this workshop*, they worked in close cooperation with high-level experts on the "sustainable use of the oceans in the context of the green economy and the eradication of poverty".
H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince closed the feedback session yesterday which took place at the Oceanographic Museum. He delivered the "Message from Monaco" on the need for the sustainable use of the oceans, in particular in the fields of food security, energy and tourism.
Monaco's contribution deals with the need to "green the blue economy", to know how to live from the sea in a sustainable manner (sustainable tourism, development of renewable energies in coastal regions, aquaculture, fishery control, guarantee of a decent living environment for the populations living in coastal areas), whilst at the same time protecting it (protection of marine biodiversity, reduction of marine pollution from land-based sources).
H.E. Mr Sha Zukang, UNCSD Secretary General, stressed that in order for "Rio +20" to be successful, strong political commitment was necessary and commended the leadership of H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince with regard to ocean protection, the Monaco Workshop being to date the only contribution to the Rio preparatory process of such importance concerning the oceans. "You have set an example for the world" he concluded.
The "Message from Monaco" will be officially presented by H.E. Ms Isabelle Picco, Ambassador of Monaco to the United Nations, to the Bureau of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, during the inter-session meeting which will be held in New York on 15th and 16th December 2011.
* .This workshop was organised by the Government of Monaco in partnership with the Prince Albert II Foundation, the Oceanographic Institute – Prince Albert I Foundation, the IAEA Environment Laboratories and the Economic Law of the Sea Institute (INDEMER).
With H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince, from left to right:
In the front
Ms Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, Minister for Public Works, the Environment and Urban Development, H.E. Mr Bernard Fautrier, Vice President, Chief Executive Officer of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, H.E. Mr Michel Roger, Minister of State, H.S.H. Prince Albert II, Ms Wendy Watson Wright, Executive Secretary of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, H.E. Mr Sha Zukang, UNCSD Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations' Department of Economic and Social Affairs, H.E. Ms Isabelle Picco, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Monaco to the United Nations, Mr José Badia, Minister for External Relations.
On the second level
Ms Annick de Marffy, President of INDEMER's Scientific Council, Ms Elizabeth Thompson and Mr Brice Lalonde, UNCSD Executive Coordinators, Mr Alan Simcock, Co-Chair of the United Nations informal consultative process on the oceans,
On the third level
Mr Luigi Cabrini, Director for Sustainable Development, World Tourism Organisation; Mr Adnan Amin, Director General of IRENA, H.E. Mr John Ashe, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbados to the United Nations and Co-Chair of the UNCSD preparatory process, Ms Maria Betti, Director of the IAEA Environment Laboratories, Prof. Frédéric Briand, CIESM Director General.