UN Biodiversity Summit High Level Side Event
H.R.H. The Prince of Wales; H.E. Danny Faure, President of Seychelles; and Dr. Atsushi Sunami, President of SPF/President of OPRI-SPF discussed marine biodiversity policies.

At the occasion of the UN Biodiversity Summit on 30 September 2020, the High Level Side Event entitled “Biodiversity: The Ocean’s Role” was held. Mr. Peter Thomson, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean moderated the Side Event and expressed his hope that there would be useful discussions.
 
H.R.H. The Prince of Wales stated in his video message that we need a Marshall Plan for restoring nature and called for increased international action towards conserving interdependent marine ecosystems. He advocated concrete actions, calling for cooperation to strengthen actions globally to conserve and promote the sustainable use of the ocean.

H.R.H The Prince of Wales
H.R.H. The Prince of Wales

H.E. Danny Faure, President of Seychelles, stated that COVID-19 emphasized that we need to implement biodiversity strategies to live in harmony with nature, and that the Seychelles are promoting debt swaps for nature and blue bonds as innovative policy initiatives towards conserving the ocean.
 
Dr. Atsushi Sunami, President, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and President, Ocean Policy Research Institute of SPF, stated it is vital to explore solutions to ocean related issues and underlined that OPRI is a member of the Advisory Network of the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy and intends to contribute to policy discussions and consensus building; for instance, at the forthcoming Our Ocean Conference in Palau this December and the 2nd UN Ocean Conference. 
 
Mr. Liu Zhenmin, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Ms. Elizabeth Mrema, Executive Secretary for the Convention on Biological Diversity, Mr. Andrew Forrest, Chairman, the Minderoo Foundation, Ms. Dona Bertarelli, UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Dr. Eric Sala, Explorer in Residence of the National Geographic Society, together called for an agreement on effective policy targets for biodiversity conservation, and urgent actions to implement them as priority policies.
 
H.E. Isabella Lövin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Environment and Climate of Sweden, emphasized that it is important to promote economy recovery under COVID-19 and achieve a sustainable ocean simultaneously, and expressed her hope that myriad accounts of progress will be reported at the 2nd UN Ocean Conference.  
 

speakers
(from top left to bottom right) H.E. Danny Faure, President, Seychelles; H.E. Isabella Lövin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Environment and Climate;  Mr. Liu Zhenmin, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs; Mr. Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean; Dr. Atsushi Sunami, President, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and President, Ocean Policy Research Institute of SPF; Ms. Elizabeth Mrema, Executive Secretary for the Convention on Biological Diversity; Mr. Andrew Forrest, Chairman, Minderoo Foundation; Ms. Dona Bertarelli, UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Special Advisor; Dr. Enric Sala, Explorer-In-Residence, National Geographic Society.

You can find a more detailed report here.

You can also view the UN webpage on this event here:
https://sdgs.un.org/events/biodiversity-oceans-role-24649
 

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