the program

12th edition of the Monaco Blue Initiative – 22 march 2021 – provisional program
SESSION #1: The role of international negotiations for better ocean governance
10:00-11:30
Monaco Time (UTC +1)
Welcome address by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco

 

Keynote speech

Mr John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, U.S. Department of State (pre-recorded video message).

Ms Annick Girardin, French Minister of Marine Affairs (pre-recorded video message).

Panel Discussion

This session aims at reviewing the high-level international negotiations and frameworks where the future of the Ocean is being discussed (BBNJ, IUCN, CBD, COP26, UN DECADES, etc) and reflecting on how to create synergies between these processes to increase their effectiveness.

ModeratorDr. Sébastien Treyer,  Executive Director, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations.

Panelists: Ms Sophie Mirgaux, Special Envoy for the Ocean, Belgium; Mr Bruno Oberle, Director general IUCN; Mr Alexander Shestakov, Director, Science, Society and Sustainable Futures Division, Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity; Dr Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, Assistant DG of UNESCO (UN Decades of Ocean Sciences for sustainable development); Ms Susan Gardner, Director, Ecosystems Division, UN Environment Programme (UN Decade on ecosystem restoration); Dr Harriet Harden-Davies, Edinburgh Ocean Leader, Ocean Nexus Fellow at University of Wollongong.

Dialogue with participants
Brief summary of discussions
Closing words from organizers
SESSION #2: How to integrate Ocean issues and SDGs (in particular SDG14) into companies’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy?
2:00-3:30pm
Monaco Time (UTC +1)
Keynote speech

Mr Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries.

Dr Ricardo Serrão Santos, Minister of Maritime Affairs, Republic of Portugal.

Panel Discussion

This session will allow to share the experience and feedback of companies involved in the blue economy.

Moderator: Ms Marie-Claire Daveu, Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs, Kering.

Panelists: Mr Thomas Thune Andersen, Chairman of the board of Directors, Ørsted; Ms Daniela Fernandez, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Ocean Alliance; Mr Clément Ray, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Innovafeed; Mr Adrian Portafaix, Partner & Associate Director, Sustainability – Boston Consulting Group; Mr Bruno Monteferri, Edinburgh Ocean Leader, Executive Director, Conservamos por Naturaleza & Director of Marine Governance, Peruvian Society for Environmental Law.

Dialogue with participants
Brief summary of discussions
Closing words from organizers
SESSION #3: From blue economy to blue finance: what role does the financial sector need to play in managing risks related to biodiversity loss and financing the sustainable blue economy?
4:00-5:30pm
Monaco Time (UTC +1)
Keynote speech

Mr Carlos Eduardo Correa, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Republic of Colombia.

Mr Jens Frølich Holte, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,Norway.

panel Discussion

This conversation will provide an opportunity for financial actors to express their views on how to direct capital flows towards a true, efficient and transparent blue economy, particularly in the context of the economic recovery linked to COVID-19.

Moderator: Ms Sylvie Goulard, Second Deputy Governor of the Banque de France.

Panelists: Mr David Meyers, Chief Executive, The Conservation Finance Alliance; Mr Klaas de Vos, Edinburgh Ocean Leader, Independent Consultant at Ocean Fox Advisory; Mr Chip Cunliffe, Director of Sustainable Development, AXA XL; Mr Pierre Rousseau, Strategic Advisor for Sustainable Business, Group BNP Paribas; Mr Damian Payiatakis, Head of Sustainable & Impact Investing, Barclays Private Bank.

Dialogue with participants
Brief summary of discussions
Closing words from organizers