Updated: Nov 23
The 42nd Session of the UNESCO General Conference held in Paris from the 7th November until the 22nd November 2023 has been tackling some of the main issues that global governance is facing. Notably, universal education, ethics, technology contribution to human development, World Heritage sites management and preservation, climate mitigation and the relationship with nature. A delegation from the Principality of Monaco attended the Marine World Heritage session, on the 16th November 2023.
Sèverine Dusaintpère, Deputy Permanent Delegate to the Permanent Delegation of the Principality of Monaco to UNESCO, participated in the event entitled "Patrimoine mondial marin de l'UNESCO : Symboles d'espoir dans un océan en mutation" (UNESCO Marine World Heritage: Symbols of Hope in a Changing Ocean). Monaco's commitment in ocean conservation was reiterated .
The intervention of the Monegasque Delegation developed in the footsteps of the agreement between Monaco and UNESCO, signed in 2017 to strengthen the conservation and scientific understanding of marine sites included in the World Heritage List. In fact, it includes fifty marine sites set in thirty-seven different countries. Each protected area is known for their unique marine biodiversity, prior ecosystem and geological processes of incomparable beauty.
Representing less than 1% of the world’s oceans, the listed marine sites include about 21% of the world’s blue carbon ecosystems and 15% of the world’s Blue Carbon assets, according to 2018 data.
These ecosystems play a central role in the carbon sequestration from the atmosphere thus their preservation, conservation and restoration is crucial, especially in the fight against global warming.***
By Maurice Abbati
Springer International Publishing