Sweden and Monaco share a deep commitment to the preservation of our oceans a well as a clear intention to support the implementation of sustainable development goal number 14 of the Agenda 2030 - SDG14. The two countries also have a strong will to engage government agencies, academia, companies and civil societies in these efforts as a broad approach has proven to be key to success.
By organizing a follow-up event to The Ocean Conference in New York in June 2017, Sweden and Monaco wish to join forces in moving from words to deeds in facilitating the exchange of experiences and know-how in dealing with the preservation of our oceans. It is time to leave abstract rhetoric behind as our oceans urgently need our concrete attention.
The core part of the event will take place during two days in Monaco, 12-13th of October. On October 12th, a high level business round table on Sustainable Shipping is organised as well as a research symposium on the Impact of climate change on the marine ecosystem. On October 13th, a high level international conference on the theme: Connecting and Protecting Our Seas: Initiatives in the Baltic and the Mediterranean is organised.
At the core of our attention lie the Baltic and the Mediterranean Seas - and the links between them. Strong local ownership and commitment to improve the situation in the Baltic and the Mediterranean Seas has led to dedicated research and concrete, solutions-oriented cooperation between actors across the board governments, regional and local authorities, academia, agencies and companies.
By focusing on the local level the Baltic and the Mediterranean Seas the conference will draw conclusions and showcase proven and scalable solutions with both ecological and economic benefits. The results and the solutions produced locally are, however, most likely to have strong relevance for other seas and oceans. The conference in Monaco in October will thereby contribute to create momentum for global action to implement SDG 14 by putting these results and solutions at display. The conference will also help to create the new partnerships needed for action: government to government, scientists to scientists, company to company - and just as important, the partnerships between these different categories of relevant actors.
The discussion in Monaco, based on the experiences from the two seas, will inter alia touch upon healthier and more sustainable seafood management, industry involvement - examples of companies, notably in the shipping industry, moving beyond compliance and into innovation to create shared value, and Marine Protected Areas experiences from the two seas.
On this occasion a forward looking Swedish-Monegasque Cooperation Agreement aiming to support the implementation of SDG 14 will be signed by the governments of the two countries. Also, a conference synthesis report will be produced and presented later in the fall of 2017.
In connection with the conference an array of business oriented as well as cultural activities focusing on sustainable innovations will take place.