Ocean Action Hub

Wednesday, December 15 from 8:30 am to 10 am (NY time) 

France will organize from 9 to 11 February 2022 in Brest a new edition of the One Planet Summit devoted to the ocean. This "One Ocean Summit" (OOS) will be prepared in cooperation with the United Nations and the World Bank, as well as with numerous public, private and civil society partners. The One Ocean Summit aims to give a strong political push before the various important milestones on the oceans and the sea scheduled in 2022, including the 2022 UN Conference to support the implementation of SDG14 in Lisbon (Portugal), as well as the “Our Ocean” conference in Koror (Palau). The OOS will fit into this sequence, raising our collective level of ambition for the ocean. Fondation de la Mer is a partner of France involved on the preparation of the OOS. In order to generate a momentum on ocean, France will host several ocean-related side-events in the coming weeks.

Mankind depends on the oceans: Oceans store 40% of all CO2 emitted and produce 50% of the oxygen on earth; they also are the preeminent habitat for biodiversity on our planet. Oceans are a critical level to tackle climate change and preserve biodiversity. In addition, the oceans matter tremendously for the world economy: marine resources are a major source of income for hundreds of millions of people and 85% of global commerce transits on oceans’ surface.

Companies use and have a major impact on the oceans, albeit most of them are either unaware or unable to calculate their impact. Mobilizing and enlisting the positive actions of corporations is vital to ensure the sustainability of this precious resource. Addressing SDG14 has a major impact on multiple development goals, including climate change (SDG13) and biodiversity (SDG15).

Fondation de la Mer, which was founded in 2015 by major players in the maritime industry supporting the sustainability of the oceans, launched : Draft as at 9 December 2021

- in 2020, the Ocean Framework, a powerful measurement tool developed by scientific organizations and the private sector ; and

- in June 2021, the Ocean Approved label, a labelling process aiming at measurable changes and impact on the ocean. In just a few months, the Ocean Approved Label is already perceived in Europe as a very valuable tool by various multistakeholders.

This event, organized by France in partnership with the Fondation de la Mer, will aim to present to the Permanent Missions in New York and other partners the recently developed Ocean Framework and the Ocean Approved label. More specifically, this event would also enable to address the folllowing questions :

  • how does the Ocean labelling process work?
  • What will be the impact on the ocean when companies get « ocean Approved » ?
  • Who can collaborate and how to take part in this initiative ?
  • How can these tools contribute reaching SDG14 and other SDGs ?
  • How can these initatives feed into the upcoming international events on ocean, such as the One Ocean Summit


  • Welcome Remarks by Mr. Olivier-Gabriel Richard, Head of the Climate and Development team at the French Mission to the United Nations and Master of Ceremony for this event (5 minutes)
  • Presentation by Mrs. Sabine Roux de Bezieux, President of the Fondation de la Mer and Mr. Philippe Guy, Responsible of its International Development about the Ocean Framework and the Ocean Approved Label (10 minutes)
  • Intervention from Mr. Ignace Beguin, Senior Manager Ocean and Climate at the United Nations Global Compact on the initiatives of the UN Global Compact for the ocean (5 minutes)
  • Presentation by Mr. Enrique de Villamore, Director of the Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP / RAC) of the new partnership to develop the Ocean Approved label in the southern Mediterranean (tbc) (5 minutes)
  • Expression of views from Mr. Bertrand Camus, Chief Executive Officer of SUEZ (5 minutes)
  • Interventions from:
  1. The Permanent Representative of Portugal to the UN, H.E. Mr. Francisco Lopes
  2. The Permanent Representative of Kenya to the UN, H.E. M. Martin Kimani, (tbc)
  3. The Permanent Representative of Palau to the UN, HE Mrs Ilana Seid (tbc) (5 minutes each)
  • Q&A: Interactive discussion with participants (25 minutes) - Closing remarks by Ms. Madhushree Chatterjee, Chief of Natural Resources and Interlinkages Branch at the Division for Sustainable Goals of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), United Nations, New York (tbc) (5 minutes)

Register here:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kWULCqVARLKjepM3Mg5xZA .

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Wednesday, 15 December, 2021 - 08:30 to 10:00
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