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Monaco keeps going alongside United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Updated: Jun 20

The Principality of Monaco is particularly engaged in the theme of the protection of Marine Ecosystems, promoting concrete actions to foster Blue Economy and Conservation of Emblematic Biodiversity Hubs. This solid eco-commitment strengthened by the precious support of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and His Foundation (PA2F) was reaffirmed within the rendezvous of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, held in New York from the 10th to 14th June 2024.

On the occasion, Florian Botto, First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Monaco to the United Nations, repeated the full support of the Principality of Monaco to ocean protection and fight against the effects of climate change. Not by chance, the Principality of Monaco was the first European state to ratify the BBNJ Agreement on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity in May 2024.

The thirty-fourth Meeting was crucial, collecting reports from the representatives of the three bodies resulting from the Convention: the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the International Seabed Authority and the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. Further pivotal administrative and budgetary matters have been debated to reinforce the regulatory framework governing the use of precious resources coming from oceans worldwide.

The BBNJ Agreement, in fact, aims at building up an effective international cooperation and coordination to encourage a fair management of marine genetic assets, to increase the number of marine protected areas, to monitor ocean ecosystems via periodic environmental impact assessments and to improve the capacity building supported by sustainable technology.

This outcome represents a very significant step in the footstep of a long-lastign work path. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea was established in 1982 to provide the global community with a set of rules related to oceans and the corresponding Natural Capital. Advice, information and targeted assistance to States is provided by the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS) within the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations, acting as the official Secretariat of the Convention.

The Principality of Monaco has been playing an active role and it will host the Blue Economy and Finance Forum on the 7th and the 8th June 2025, on the eve of the 3rd United Nations Conference on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal dedicated to the oceans that will be set in Nice from the 9th until the 13th June 2025. ***

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By Maurice Abbati

Journalist; Editor; Communication, Media and Public Relations Specialist

Lecturer and Author in English language of Technical Articles and the Manual: "Communicating the Environment to Save the Planet, a Journey into Eco-Communication" by Springer International Publishing.

Cover page of PhD manual by Maurice Abbati


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