Back to the One Ocean Summit
Organized in the context of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union and with the support of the United Nations, the fifth edition of the One Planet Summit, entirely dedicated to the Ocean, was held in Brest from February 9 to 11, 2022.
The ocean covers more than 70% of the surface of our planet, is a regulator of the major environmental balances and in particular of the climate, a provider of food and energy resources, an important enabler of trade, as well as an essential link between countries and human communities. Yet, the Ocean still too often remains on the sidelines of the international and European agenda.
In order to preserve the vital services provided by the Ocean, and in the face of the increasing damage it is suffering (climate change, pollution, particularly from plastic, overexploitation of marine resources, etc.), it is urgent to strengthen political mobilization and to speed up the collective construction of tools for sustainable management of the Ocean.
11 February: 37 world leaders commit to the Ocean
On the 11th of February, 37 international leaders from all sea basins and representing more than half of the world's exclusive economic zones took part in the high-level segment with the President of the Republic. They were joined by leaders of major companies and NGOs.
This segment was marked by solutions, commitments and coalitions, in order to move forward collectively and concretely on the main issues:
- Protecting and restoring marine ecosystems
- Fight against illegal fishing and promote sustainable fishing
- Fight against pollution, especially plastic
- Deploying marine solutions to climate change, in particular through the decarbonization of shipping and "blue carbon"
- Strengthen international governance of the ocean, based on science
To meet these major challenges, 13 commitments have been formulated, the "Brest Commitments for the Ocean". More than a hundred countries are contributing to these commitments and making progress in ocean management.
9-10 February: Workshops, Forums and Hotspots
The first two days of this summit were devoted to a broad overview of the main problems, initiatives and solutions, with more than thirty workshops, forums and events bringing together nearly a thousand representatives of the international maritime community. Ministers, European Commissioners, leaders of multilateral organizations, scientists, sailors, public and private actors, civil society and NGOs, were all mobilized to raise the ambition for the protection and sustainable management of the Ocean.
This major international debate on the Ocean provided an opportunity to share knowledge and combine our approaches, in particular by incorporating climate change, in order to better anticipate ocean crises as well as technological, scientific and environmental transformations.
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