the program

13th edition of the Monaco Blue Initiative – 20 & 21 march 2022
Welcome address by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco
9:00-9:40
Monaco Time (UTC +1)
Keynote speeches

H.E. Mr John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, United States of America
Mr. Huang Runqiu, 
Minister of Ecology and Environment, People’s Republic of China (online)
Mr Vincent Van Quickenborne,
 Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Justice and the North Sea, Belgium

SESSION #1: The need for a new bold vision for Ocean conservation: raising the ambition in the face of emerging challenges
9:50-11:00
Monaco Time (UTC +1)
Keynote speech

Ms Teresa Ribera Rodríguez, Third Vice-President of the Government of Spain and Minister for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, Spain (Video message).

Panel Discussion

Building on successes and failures in Ocean conservation and major challenges to come, panelists will reflect on what is needed to step up ambition for Ocean protection in the next decade and beyond.

ModeratorMs Yalda Hakim, Chief presenter and international correspondent, BBC World News.

Panelists: Ms Minna Epps, Director Global Marine and Polar Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Switzerland ; Ms. Leticia Carvalho, Principal Coordinator, Marine and Freshwater Branch, UN Environment Programme, Kenya (online) ; H.E. Ms Helen Ågren, Ambassador-at-large, Ocean Affairs at Ministry for Foreign Affairs Sweden ; Mr Tommy Melo, Co-founder Biosfera for the Conservation of Nature, Republic of Cabo Verde & Edinburgh Ocean Leader.

Dialogue with participants
Brief summary of discussions
Conclusions
SESSION #2: Ocean protection — everyone’s business. Building on best practices and success stories to scale up the sustainable blue economy
11:30-12:50
Monaco Time (UTC +1)
Keynote speech

The Hon. Minister Mr Jean-François Ferrari, Designated Minister & Minister for Fisheries and the Blue Economy, The Republic of the Seychelles.

Panel Discussion

This session will explore how it is in every company’s interest, even if not directly connected to the ocean, to contribute to the protection and the sustainable use of ocean resources, keeping in mind that beyond the protection of 30% of the ocean by 2030, 100% of the ocean needs to be sustainably managed.

Moderator: Ms Yalda Hakim, Chief presenter and international correspondent, BBC World News

Panelists: Dr. Tiago Pitta e Cunha, CEO, Oceano Azul Foundation & Member of the Board of Directors of Oceanario de Lisboa, Portugal ; Mr Hervé Gastinel, Chief Executive Officer, Ponant, France ; Dr. Diva Amon, Director, SpeSeas, Trinidad and Tobago & Ocean Leader ; Mr Chuck Fox, Executive Director Oceans5, U.S.A.

Dialogue with participants
Brief summary of discussions
Conclusions
SESSION #3: Blue finance: how to accelerate the transition to an Ocean-positive economy?
2:45-4:55pm
Monaco Time (UTC +1)
Keynote speeches

Ms Leila Chikhaoui, Environment Minister, Tunisia
Ms Andrea Meza Murillo, Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa-Rica (Video Message).

panel Discussion

This session will explore how to channel and scale up financial investments towards Ocean protection, and sectors and businesses with a positive impact on the Ocean.

Moderator: Ms Yalda Hakim, Chief presenter and international correspondent, BBC World News.

Panelists: Ms Elsa Palanza, Global Head of Sustainability & ESG, Barclays, United Kingdom ; Ms Karen Sack, Executive Director, Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance, U.S.A. ; Mr Bertrand Badré, Managing Partner and Founder Blue like an Orange Sustainable Capital, France ; Ms Sylvie Goulard, Second Deputy Governor, Banque de France, France ; Ms Marisa Drew, Advisor in Blue Finance (online) ; Ms Lucy Holmes, Senior Programme Manager, Seafood Finance WWF US & UK & Edinburgh Ocean Leader.

Dialogue with participants
Brief summary of discussions
conclusions

OCEAN UPDATES
4:45-5:45pm
Monaco Time (UTC +1)

keynote speech

Dr. Ricardo Serrao Santos, Minister of Maritime Affairs, Portugal

The High Seas – Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction
Dr Joachim Claudet, Research Director, The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).

Mr Ashok Adicéam, One Ocean Summit – Counselor, Special Advisor to the French Ambassador for the Poles and Maritime Issues, H.E. Mr Olivier Poivre d’Arvor, Special Envoy of the President of the Republic for the One Ocean Summit.

International Marine Protected Areas Congress
Ms Sabine Jessen
, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Executive Director IMPAC5 Secretariat.

COP-15 UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and beyond
Ms Elizabeth Maruma Mrema
, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity (on-line, TBC).
 

Key messages of the day
Closing address

Mr Robert Calcagno, CEO, Oceanographic Institute, Prince Albert I of Monaco Foundation
Mr Olivier Wenden, Vice-president and CEO, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation