Remarques de l'Ambassadeur Picco à l'occasion de la conférence presse sur la Journée mondiale des Oceans

S.E. Mme Isabelle Picco

8 June 2010

2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity and 2010 is also the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the renowned Oceanographic Museum established by HSH Prince Albert 1st.

The commitment of Monaco to the protection of the oceans and seas is longstanding.

The Government of Monaco, the Oceanographic Institute and the Prince Albert 2 of Monaco Foundation have contributed to the movie Oceans and on this background the Permanent Mission in partnership with DOALOS, are very proud to be able to organize the screening of Disney nature Oceans as a conclusion of our day of celebration at the UN.

The movie will be preceded by a video message HSH Prince Albert II specially recorded for this occasion.

As you can imagine transforming the GA Hall in a movie theater wasn't an easy task in the context of the Capital Master Plan and we are very grateful to the Special Event Unit, and the Security Event Planning Unit which gave us their full support to allow Disney nature and Kodak to present in the best possible manner that amazing movie.

Before leaving the floor to Dr Earle I want to mention only two recent meetings held in Monaco that deal with the protection of the BLUE:

- The new Monaco Blue Initiative launched for the celebration of the Museum Anniversary
- The work of the Mediterranean Science Commission, presided by HSH Albert II since 2001.

Furthermore as you may know, Monaco is also host to the IAEA Environment Laboratories and to the International Hydrographic Organization.

To conclude I have the privilege to announce that the Oceanographic Museum will present for 18 months, starting Nov 18, 2010, an interactive exhibition in cooperation with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the IAEA Let's the Mediterranean Sea live. It will address main topics as the acidification of the oceans, jellyfish outbreaks and algae proliferation.