• Lead-organizer: Monaco
  • 17:00 - 18:30
  • Date: 21 Jun 2012
  • Room: T-6

Global Partnership for Oceans: Coming Together for Healthy and Productive Oceans

Organizing partners

Principality of Monaco
Republic of Kiribati
The World Bank Group

About the Global Partnership for Oceans:
The Global Partnership for Oceans is an inclusive partnership of governments, civil society organizations, private companies, research institutions, UN agencies, multi-lateral banks and foundations that have convened to mobilize significant human, financial and institutional resources for effective public and private investments in priority ocean areas.

The partnership will work toward goals in the priority areas of:

· Sustainable seafood, fisheries and aquaculture
· Ocean and coastal habitats and biodiversity
· Pollution reduction

Further details can be found:


The Principality of Monaco, Republic of Kiribati, and World Bank Group have convened an event to showcase the recently announced Global Partnership for Oceans. The event will include remarks from Prince Albert II of Monaco, President Tong of Kiribati, International Development Minister Heikke Holmås of Norway, Director-General Julia Marton Lefèvre of IUCN, and other government, private sector, and civil society leaders who are committed to responsible ocean stewardship. Limited seating is available.

Global Partnership for Oceans website:

Detailed programme

This side-event has been convened to showcase high-level, cross-cutting global support for ocean partnership. Each of the organizing partners and speakers represent different interests in the Partnership that are key to its development and action.

The event program will include remarks on:
The Importance of Oceans for Humanity
The Importance of Oceans for Small Island Developing States
Fisheries and Governance
Oceans and Development
Oceans and the Role of the Private Sector
Food Security and Nutrition
Moving Forward with the Global Partnership for Oceans

Notable speakers include:
His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco
His Excellency Mr. Anote Tong, President of the Republic of Kiribati
His Excellency Heikke Holmås, Minister of International Development, Norway
Ms. Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of IUCN
Mr. Roger Bing, Vice President for Seafood Purchasing, Darden Restaurants
Mr.Mahmoud Mohieldin, Managing Director, World Bank Group
Ms. Rachel Kyte, Vice President of Sustainable of Development, World Bank Group
Mr. Jose Graziano da Silva, Director General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
Other global leaders

Ensuring the health, productivity, and resilience of the oceans, requires diverse voices, expertise, and reach. Though seating is limited, attendance is encouraged by all who have interests in partnering to safeguard the oceans for the future.

Recent Ocean Actions of the Organizing Partners:
In November of 2011, Monaco hosted a three day workshop titled ?Sustainable use of oceans in the context of the Green Economy and poverty eradication.? The event produced the ?Monaco Message,? championing the sustainable development of oceans and called for ocean consideration at Rio+20.

Under the leadership of President of Tong of Kiribati, Pacific island countries have advanced a number of policies in recent years to enhance collaboration and capture opportunities from the living ocean resources, such as the Pacific Island Oceanscape Framework.

In February of 2012, World Bank President Zoellick announced the Global Partnership for Oceans remarking: ?We need coordinated global action to restore our oceans to health. Together, we?ll build on the excellent work already being done to address the threats to oceans, identify workable solutions, and scale them up.?
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