Second Preparatory Committee of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development

Statement by: H.E.Mrs. Isabelle Picco

7 March 2011

Session 2 : Green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication

Addressing the issue of the green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication as set in the mandate of the upcoming UNCSD demands that we pay close attention to oceans.

Not only are oceans and all kind of seas an integral part of the underpinning document that has paved our work so far through the adoption of Agenda 21 at the UN Conference on Environment and Development in 1992, but they are also an essential component of the global life-support system on Earth as 70% of it is covered by them.

The World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 and the 2005 World Summit confirmed the critical role of oceans and seas for global food security and sustained economic prosperity.

As outlined in the UNEP, the environmental and economic health of the World Seas is a source of growing concern due to pollution, over-fishing and climate change.

We are all too familiar with the issues of discharge of wastewaters and agricultural run-offs causing the spreading of hypoxic dead zones, destructive and illegal fishing practices, ocean acidification and its harmful effects on the food chains and coral reefs as well as cases of urban development planning of coastal areas, and yet, we havent been able to address them effectively.

It is our hope, Mr. Co-Chair, that UNCSD will take new steps and further commit to oceans by giving them the consideration they still lack but highly deserve based on the science we have acquired and the political will we should be courageous to display.

Mr. Co-Chair,

As a contribution towards our common objective, H.S.H. Prince Albert II has decided to share the Principalitys expertise in the field of oceans and convene on 28-30 November 2011, in Monaco, a meeting of experts to focus on ways to promote the sustainable use of oceans.

It is the intention of my Government to invite oceans experts, economists and business representatives from the five regional groups, to reflect on the issues of food security, energy, and tourism in order to formulate concrete recommendations as well as implement and ultimately replicate the best learnt practices from their local and regional experiences.

In that regard, my delegation has welcomed the valuable inputs it has already received from several Member States and stands ready to engage with those who would like to make suggestions or propose experts to ensure that the outcome of this meeting be as relevant and as substantial as possible towards the UNCSD.