International Conference: The High Seas *, what governance for sustainable ocean management ?


8 April 2013

The Economic, Social and Environmental Council (ESEC) will be held on April 11, 2013 in Paris


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In recent years, many activists have been mobilizing for a sustainable management of the oceans. The Rio+20 summit organized by the United Nations (UN) in 2012 proposed concrete goals and timetables. As the second largest maritime nation in the world with 11 million square kilometers and a presence in all oceanic regions of the world, France can play a major role on this issue. To achieve this, it is necessary to mobilize the political, industrial and associative worlds, civilian society, to persue the commitments announced at Rio+20 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and by French President, François Hollande.
This is the ambition of the conference organized by the ESEC with Tara Expeditions.

The conference proposes to clarify the issues of high seas management. A full day of lectures and debates will bring together French and international participants in a positive and realistic approach to the subject.

Different members of the steering committee will formulate at the end of the day an ‘appeal’, relayed to institutions and politicians in view of the important negotiations on the governance of the High Seas, coming up in 2014 at the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. 

Conference participants: Delphine Batho, Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy; Nicolas Hulot, Special Envoy of the President of the Republic for the  protection of the planet; François Gabart, winner of the Vendée Globe Challenge 2012; Jean-Michel Cousteau, President of Green Cross France and Territories; Gilles Boeuf, president National Museum of Natural History, etc…

Participation in this event is free and open to all. Prior registration required. SIGN UP NOW !

Conference venue :

Economic, Social and Environmental Council

9 Place d’Iena 75116 Paris

Subway: Iéna (line 9)

Bus Stop: Iéna (lines 32, 63 and 82)

Consult the day’s program.

Live Twitter feed at:  #hautemer
Stay connected on Facebook for the High Seas ‘appeal’

Initiated by : the Economic, Social and Environmental Council, and Tara Expeditions

Partners : MACIF, Paul Ricard Oceanographic Institute

Support : French Maritime Cluster, Nausicaa, the French Institute of the Sea (IFM), Ifremer, France Shipowners

Members of the Steering Committee : Marine Protected Areas, Armateurs de France, Economic, Social and Environmental Council, French Maritime Cluster, Com’Publics, EPHESE, Foundation Albert II of Monaco, France Nature Environnement, Green Cross, IDDRI, French Institute of the Sea, Paul Ricard Oceanographic Institute, Maud Fontenoy Foundation, Marine Nationale, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Nausicaa, General Secretariat of the Sea, Surfrider Foundation, Tara Expeditions, UNESCO-IOC.

* The “High Seas” in international law are maritime areas that are not under the authority of any State, beyond the coastal areas managed by each country. This marine area covers half the globe’s surface and 64% of the oceans.