On December 11, on the sidelines of the 25 th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, held from December 2 to 15 in Madrid, HE Mr. Jean-Luc Van Klaveren, Ambassador from Monaco to Spain, represented the Principality at the ministerial round table of “Blue Leaders”.
The objective of this event was to exchange on the main opportunities to come to strengthen the protection of the oceans within the framework of the intergovernmental negotiations which will be held in 2020, in particular based on the conclusions of the Special Report of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on climate change (IPCC) on the ocean and the cryosphere in the context of climate change.
Responding to the question relating to the importance of the said report in the context of the negotiations under way at the United Nations, the Ambassador reiterated the Principality's interest in preserving the oceans and recalled the pressures they are under. in the face of climate change and their crucial role as climate regulator.
In addition, HE Mr. Jean-Luc Van Klaveren pointed out that the IPCC Report. emphasized that the connection between biodiversity, oceans and climate should be at the top of the international environmental political agenda and that nature-based solutions, such as Marine Protected Areas, deserved special attention.
This second edition of the “Blue leaders” was co-organized by Belgium and the Principality of Monaco. For the record, the Blue Leaders bring together Heads of State, Ministers, scientists and activists, for whom the question of preserving the oceans is at the heart of concerns.
*: Within the United Nations, the member states are negotiating a new legally binding international instrument relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas not under national jurisdiction (BBNJ).
**: Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) should adopt a new global framework for biodiversity after 2020 at the 15 th Conference of the Parties in October 2020 in Kunming, China.