As part of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union and at the initiative of the President of the Republic, an international summit on the oceans will take place in Brest, from 9 to 11 February 2022. The first One Ocean Summit (OOS) will seek to step up the international community’s ambition on maritime issues and put into practice our shared responsibility for the oceans.
Oceans cover more than 70% of our planet’s surface, yet they are all too often pushed to the sidelines of international meetings on the climate and biodiversity.
They regulate environmental balances and especially the climate, provide a wealth of varied resources, are an important enabler of trade, and are an essential link between countries and human communities. Today, they are threatened by the pressure caused by the effects of climate change, pollution – particularly that caused by plastic – and the overexploitation of marine resources.
🌊Today, the #OneOceanSummit opens in Brest, Brittany.
The goal 👉 together, build a sustainable alliance for the ocean and identify an ‘ocean of solutions’.
— France Diplomacy🇫🇷🇪🇺 (@francediplo_EN) February 9, 2022
These powerful commitments were made at the One Ocean Summit, held in Brest from 9 to 11 February 2022, which brought together 41 States and representatives of civil society and businesses, in a milestone of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union which is committed to the climate and a proactive European ocean policy.
They have chosen to:
- take action to preserve biodiversity,
- stop overexploitation of marine resources,
- fight pollution and mitigate climate change.
The details of the Brest Commitments for the Oceans (PDF - 811 Ko)
On 9 and 10 February, more than thirty events, workshops, forums, events, meetings and initiatives feature on the programme. Their aim is to mobilize the “international maritime community”. They will cover a wide variety of topics to address all aspects of the oceans and offer solutions in addition to discussing existing observations.
On the morning of 11 February, President Emmanuel Macron will bring together Heads of State and Government, leaders of multilateral institutions, business leaders and civil society representatives to make ambitious commitments. Multiple important initiatives will be launched at the event for the protection of marine ecosystems and sustainable fishing, the fight against pollution, especially plastics, the response to the effects of climate change and to promote better governance of the oceans.
Download the full programme (FR) (PDF - 70 Ko)
By Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Annick Girardin, Minister of Marine Affairs, Ms Bérangère Abba, Minister of State for Biodiversity, attached to the Minister for the Ecological Transition, alongside several prominent figures, elected representatives and experts.
For more information, visit the One Ocean Summit website