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21 JUNE 2018

Three months before negotiations of an international instrument for the conservation and sustainable use of high seas biodiversity begin at the United Nations in New York, The High Seas Alliance organizes with the Oceanographic Institute, Albert I Foundation, Prince of Monaco, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Tara Foundation, the Institute on Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), Nausicaá and with support from The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), The Pew Charitable Trusts an international conference about the stake of the high Seas.

The French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, The French Ministry of Ecological and Solidary Transition and the Office of the United Nations Secretary General Special Envoy for the Ocean will also participate at this event.


9 am : Doors open
Master of Ceremony: Valéry Laramée de Tannenberg, Editor, le Journal de l’Environnement

9 : 30 am -10 : 30 am : Opening Ceremony
– Welcome Address by His Serene Highness Prince Albert 2nd of Monaco (via video)
– Address by HE Peter Thomson, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General
– Keynote speech by Serge Ségura, French Ambassador for Ocean Affairs

10 : 30 am -12 : 00 am : Round-Table 1: High Seas: Why we must act now?
Professor Françoise Gaill, Scientific Director, Ocean & Climate Platform
Dr. Rashid Sumaila, University of British Columbia
Dr. Callum Roberts, University of York
Moderator: Dr. Julien Rochette, Director, Ocean Programme, IDDRI

12 : 00 pm -12 : 30 pm : Screening of The Last Frontier, a film produced by IUCN and FFEM

12 : 30 pm -1 : 30 pm : Networking buffet lunch courtesy of The High Seas Alliance

1 : 30 pm -3 : 00 pm: Round-Table 2: What obstacles must be removed?
Tidiani Couma, Secretary of External Relations, Department of External Relations and Cooperation, Government of Monaco
Anca Leroy, Policy and Legal Adviser, Ministry of Ecological and Solidary Transition
Teresa Ribera, CEO, IDDRI
Andreas Papaconstantinou, Head of Unit, Ocean Governance, Law of the Sea, Arctic Policy, DG MARE, EU Commission
Pierre Boussaroque, Deputy Director, Legal Directorate (DJ/Mer), Foreign Ministry
Moderator: Romain Troublé, CEO, Tara Foundation

3 : 00 pm-4 : 30 pm : Table-Ronde 3 : Quelles attentes avant la négociation à New York ?
Elie Jarmache, Adviser to the President of IFREMER
HE Eden Charles, Former Ambassador of Trinidad & Tobago to the United Nations
Dr. Kristina Gjerde, High Seas Policy Adviser, IUCN
Christine Valentin, World Ocean Council
Moderator: Rémi Parmentier, The Varda Group

4 : 30 pm -5 : 00 pm : Coffee/tea break

5 : 00 pm – 5 : 45 pm : Closing ceremony


– 21 june: 9:30 am-5:45 pm
– Simultaneous translation ENG/FR
– With bilingual IISD Independent Reporting Services/Earth Negotiations Bulletin
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– To get to Maison des Océans: 195, rue Saint-Jacques – 75005 Paris

RER : Ligne B, station Luxembourg
Bus :
– Lignes 38, 82, 84, 85, 89, station Luxembourg
– Lignes 21, 27, station Gay-Lussac/Saint-Jacques
Parking : Soufflot-Panthéon