The 78th United Nations General Assembly held in New York from the 19th until the 23rd September 2023 is being gathering world leaders, notably head of states and government representatives, to debate about the core theme: "Rebuilding trust and reigniting global solidarity: Accelerating action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals towards peace, prosperity progress and sustainability for all". H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco had the opportunity to take part in some significant initiatives during the New York Climate Week before His keynote speech on the 20th September within the General Debate, annual meeting of Heads of State and Government at the Organisation's headquarters to discuss global issues.
« For more than a century Monaco has shown how human beings and sea can coexist. The Principality of Monaco together with the organisers of the 2025 UN Ocean Conference to host sessions on Blue Economy and I hope that the conclusions will enrich the deliberations of this gathering », H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.
The Sovereign Prince outlined in His Speech: « The participation to Rio Conference (by the will of Prince Rainier III) was one of the most impressive elements which made the Principality started seeking full membership in the community of Nations. The respect of the environmental and wild fauna on land and sea as well as the supporting science were fundamental priorities for the Princess of Monaco throughout various centuries. Nowadays, all that became a duty for our survival as reaffirmed by the guiding Conventions on Climate Change, Biodiversity and the one to combat Desertification. (...) Monaco would like to play its part. Monaco Government will contribute to the replenishment of the green climate fund up to 3.3 million euros for 2024-2027, a 10% increase compared to the previous period and the Principality is already a leading per capita donor into this fundamental instrument under the Paris Agreement. For more than a century Monaco has shown how human beings and sea can coexist. The Principality of Monaco together with the organisers of the 2025 UN Ocean Conference to host sessions on Blue Economy and I hope that the conclusions will enrich the deliberations of this gathering ».
On the same day, the Sovereign Prince was one of he first Head of States to sign the High Seas Treaty reaffirming the importance of preserving the high sea through a coordinate approach operating on a global scale, including a special focus on Marine Protected Areas. Ocean biodiversity conservation is on the spotlight to achieve the "30x30" target that is safeguarding 30 percent of the ocean by 2030.
H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco attended also the The Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit together with H.E. Isabelle Picco, Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Olivier Wenden, Vice President of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, participating to the "Funding Solutions" panel. The second edition of this prestigious encounter in the presence of H.R.H. Prince William (His founder) and Michael Bloomberg, Founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies (event partner), continued the debate to find avant-garde solutions to repair and regenerate the Planet, in presence of this-year and past Earthshot Prize Finalists and Winners and a parade of business leaders, philanthropists and high government officials. Notably: Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore; Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Founder of Breakthrough Energy; Caroline Kennedy, U.S. Ambassador to Australia; Maroš Šefčovič, European Commission Executive Vice President for the European Green Deal. The fifteen finalists identified may compete to receive one of five £1 million acknowledgements within the November Earthshot Prize Awards ceremony in Singapore.
« We have got to hang onto optimism and hope because it is the biggest driver of change, the biggest driver of innovation », highlighted H.R.H. Prince William.
The 78th United Nations General Assembly develops in a crucial moment for the climate debate. The issues on the agenda are not easy to deal with. Energy and migration crisis require rapid, effective and comprehensive actions while the solutions proposed so far to combat climate change are too expensive and not in step with the progress of technology, as reaffirmed by some Countries. ***
By Maurice Abbati
Springer International Publishing