Minister for the Environment to visit Monaco for international conference on the seas

Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog will deliver an opening address at the conference in Monaco to be held on 12–13 October. This high-level conference is a follow-up to the United Nations Ocean Conference in June, where the countries of the world gathered to save the oceans. Swedish participants will also include H.R.H. Prince Carl Philip and Mattias Landgren, State Secretary to Minister for Infrastructure Tomas Eneroth.

"The Ocean Conference in New York was a success and generated an extensive to-do list for achieving the global goal concerning the world's oceans. We witnessed enormous engagement on marine issues from around the world. Now it's a question of moving from words to action and implementing the measures on the list," says Ms Skog.

The high-level conference is being organised by the Embassy of Sweden in Paris together with Monaco. Arranging the conference was a voluntary commitment that Sweden and Monaco jointly presented during The Ocean Conference in New York. Monaco will be represented by H.S.H. Prince Albert II and Minister of Public Works, the Environment and Urban Development Marie-Pierre Gramaglia.

The theme of the conference is 'Connecting and Protecting Our Seas: Initiatives in the Baltic and the Mediterranean'. This means there will be particular focus on the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas and the voluntary commitments presented by these regions. Part of the conference particularly focuses on the transition towards a more sustainable shipping industry.

In Monaco, Sweden will highlight the source-to-sea approach as an important aspect of efforts to save our oceans. At national level, the Government's commitments to clean seas and the protection of biological diversity ahead of 2018 will be part of the Swedish follow-up to The Ocean Conference.

In addition, a Swedish-Monegasque Cooperation Agreement will be signed on this occasion. The Agreement shows that the two countries are united in their efforts to keep our oceans healthy and flourishing, in support of the implementation of sustainable development goal on oceans, seas and marine resources.

Contact

Hanna Björnfors
Press Secretary to Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog
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