From June 27 to July 1, 2022 takes place the United Nations Conference on the Ocean in Lisbon. The event was attended by two royalties who defend the preservation of the seas. Prince Albert II of Monaco was present in the Portuguese capital to open a conference, and Crown Princess Victoria attended several events on the theme.
Prince Albert II of Monaco in Portugal to defend the oceans
After his stay in Norway with Princess Charlene in the footsteps of the explorer Prince Albert I, Prince Albert II of Monaco headed to Portugal. Crown Princess Victoria, who is preparing to spend her summer vacations with her family on the island of Öland, also headed to Lisbon. Prince Albert attended the Ocean Innovators Platform which took place on June 28, 2022. This event was organized in the framework of the United Nations Ocean Conference, which takes place from June 27 to July 1.
It was a second edition for this platform. It was opened by an address by Prince Albert of Monaco, in the presence of a high-level panel. “On this occasion, they were able to share their approach on how we can accelerate and amplify the development of innovative solutions to the major problems affecting the world’s oceans,” explains the Prince Albert II Foundation.
“The Poles concentrate, as a laboratory, most of the issues we face when it comes to acting for the oceans. But it also offers prospects for solutions, particularly through a number of areas of work that we know are effective,” said Prince Albert II. A few hours after these words, the Prince of Monaco’s tour continued as he headed to Oran, where he was expected to attend competitions of the Mediterranean Games.
For her part, Crown Princess Victoria attended the United Nations Conference on the Sea in Lisbon on June 28 and 29. From 2016 to 2019, Crown Princess Victoria was the UN Secretary General’s Ambassador for the Global Sustainable Development Goals. With her assignment completed, she is now Ambassador Emeritus. The Sea Conference is a follow-up to the 2017 World Ocean Conference, which was initiated by Sweden and Fiji. The objective of the Sea Conference is to seek solutions for sustainable management of the world’s oceans. Kenya and Portugal are co-hosts of this year’s Maritime Conference.
The Crown Princess began her visit by attending an event on how fisheries financing can be directed towards a blue economy by creating the conditions for profitable offshore investments. Afterwards, the Crown Princess attended another conference where Sweden and Finland showed how they are leading the way in developing sustainable shipping solutions. Afterwards, the Crown Princess met with a researcher who is working on the subject.
On her second day in Portugal, the Crown Princess attended the Marine Conference. A breakfast was organized by the International Coral Reef Initiative which described the measures needed to save the coral reefs and an action plan was presented for the next three years. Prince Albert II of Monaco was seated alongside Crown Princess Victoria at the event.
During the day, Victoria participated in the launch of the SeaBOS (Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship) report. This is a collaboration between researchers and ten of the world’s largest seafood companies to think about sustainable seafood production.
On the afternoon of June 29, Crown Princess Victoria allowed herself a moment of discovery, after meeting with Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa during a presidential palace audience. The Crown Princess visited the Hyeronimite Monastery. In the evening, the Crown Princess attended a very select dinner with the Friends of the Ocean at the Lisbon Oceanarium.
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