Speech on the Ocean
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Launch of Climate Week
Scientists, engineers, manufacturers, citizens and consumers: tens of millions of our contemporaries are taking responsibility for their own destiny and, each on their own scale, each in their own way working for the future of our planet. Whatever the size of their action, it is a decisive factor.
– Moscow, Russia
The Arctic: Territory of Dialogue Conference
We know the facts, all the effects, direct and indirect, of global warming whose effects are so tragic at the Poles. We also know that undermining the stability of these regions that act as temperature regulators for the Planet, further exacerbates climate change. We also know that these changes, especially the melting of ice, open new economic and commercial prospects for the exploitation of undersea resources and new maritime routes that are potential environmental threats for these regions. Despite the growing awareness today of the stakes involved in global warming for the Arctic, these dangers are far from being circumscribed. On the contrary, they increase year after year, which means we must further intensify our efforts.
Ocean Acidification Reference User Group Meeting
Making concrete progress also means instigating true international discussions about an issue that concerns everyone. Due to its magnitude, its consequences and its mechanisms, ocean acidification is a problem which calls for innovative solutions on an extremely wide scale. This involves placing it at the heart of the international agenda.
4th Meeting of the ACCOBAMS Contracting Parties
Since cetaceans are under threat, the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area was signed to protect cetacean species and their habitat. This agreement brings together 24 countries including the Principality of Monaco.
Dolphins and whales are creatures that have fascinated us for centuries and have aroused admiration, fear, astonishment or greed. They have greatly influenced our civilizations and cultures, and we have naturally developed a special sympathy for them. But as you know, many human activities are having detrimental impacts on cetaceans, leading to the rapid decline of their populations throughout the world’s seas.
Symposium on ocean acidification and its economic impacts
Global warming poses serious problems. H.S.H. Prince of Monaco, Albert II, spoke about the importance of the scientific and economic worlds in the fight against terrorism.
The combination of scientific and economic results is indeed an essential element to enable policy makers to base their orientations on objective and tangible data. I am convinced that the interaction between natural sciences and economics will shed new light on the consequences of phenomena such as ocean acidification.
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Monaco Blue Initiative – Welcome session
The subject of the 2nd edition of the Monaco Blue Initiative 2011 is Marine Protected Areas. Albert II, H.S.H. the Prince of Monaco gave a speech at the opening of the event.
The issue of marine protected areas, which I was keen to include on the agenda of this second edition of the Monaco Blue Initiative, seems to me to offer some particularly useful avenues. Through their targeted yet global approach, marine protected areas highlight the interconnections between the various areas.
Monaco Blue Initiative 2011 – Political session
Humans abusing ecosystems, of course. But it can also protect them, provided we can convince them, in particular, that it is in their interest. And which, above all, must always be at the heart of our commitments. I believe that the environmental fight is a fight for humanity. A fight to truly ensure its future, through a responsible lifestyle in a preserved and productive environment. This is one of the essential points of the philosophy of marine protected areas, which cannot be conceived of as zones of exclusion for humans. They are, above all, areas of greater harmony between man and the sea, for the benefit of all.
Monaco Blue Initiative – Closing
Expand In our field of vision, this means, for example, integrating marine protected areas into a broader management of marine areas, which takes into account all the services provided by ecosystems and their benefits for the human race. Broadening our field of vision also means taking into account new criteria for evaluating our management of the oceans, beyond scientific parameters, by integrating all the sectors of activity concerned.
– Kautokeina, Finland
Inauguration of an Institute of the University of the Arctic
For me, the University of the Arctic is a model for the kind of initiative that can bring about genuine change. This means not only changing the direct situation of those who benefit from its teaching, but also changing the place of Arctic peoples in the world and recognising their indispensable role, in particular for the preservation of their homeland. In the words of the philosopher Leibniz: “Change the system of education and you will change the face of the world.
– Paris, France
Centenary of the Paris Oceanographic Institute
To understand, therefore, and to convince: the ambitions of Prince Albert I were and remain at the heart of the project of this Institute, which embodies his concern to reach out to others, to address them, to share his message of progress and hope.
– Arkhangelsk, Russia
The Arctic: A Territory for Dialogue
I believe that we can, through such a dialogue, achieve a balance. A balance that is necessarily difficult to maintain between attitudes which are often contradictory. But a balance which is necessary in order to ensure that the world can move forward without sacrificing either its ideals of progress, or its natural basis, using all its talents and all its energies, towards a truly sustainable future.
– Brussels, Belgium
Arctic Futures Symposium
Of course, the dream of an Arctic safe from men might seem appealing. But it would be dangerous to ignore the reality that increased commercial activity in the Arctic, whether for fishing, transportation or natural resource exploitation, is now inevitable. This is why it is imperative to support and supervise it, rather than simply condemn it.
– Paris, France
The Abyss: a journey into an unknown world
These regions, located at the edge of the known world, are crucial for all of humanity. This is why it is imperative to take their destiny into our own hands, and to do so in the only framework that allows us to integrate the global dimension of the problems, the multilateral framework, primarily that established by the United Nations.