Costa Rica hosts the UN high-level event on ocean action

Costa Rica’s Foreign Minister, Arnoldo Andre, explained that the meeting, which will precede the third UN conference on this topic, will be “a space for the exchange of good practices and successful experiences in matters related to ocean health.”

Participants – specifically the owner – will discuss topics such as governance, global warming, fishing and marine biodiversity, which will help inform decision-making ahead of a UN meeting in the French city of Nice in June next year.

Key themes of Engaged in Change include pursuing the international political agenda to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations in 2015, of which No. 14 calls for “the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources as part of sustainable development.”

“Costa Rica is working hard to protect 30 percent of land and marine surfaces by 2030 and to include as many UN countries as possible in ratifying the new treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in international areas,” Andre stressed.

The agenda of the meeting in this capital includes discussion panels, parallel contacts, and dialogue tables, where government authorities, experts, representatives of international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and members of civil society will exchange successful practices and experiences in the field of managing and defending these gatherings. From salt water.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs explained that, with this high-level event, Costa Rica reaffirms its commitment to protecting and preserving these waters and marine resources.

The meeting is seen “as a space to exchange good practices and successful experiences on issues related to ocean management and health,” as the country’s president, Rodrigo Chavez, stressed a few days ago.

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The high-level event on Ocean Action: Engaged in Change paves the way towards the third UN Ocean Conference, as mandated by the General Assembly in December 2022.

This secret meeting in the French city of Nice will be jointly chaired by the governments of France and Costa Rica, as the first and second United Nations Ocean Conferences were previously held, respectively, in New York in June 2017 and in Lisbon in June 2022.

The Costa Rican chapter of Engaged in Change is supported by the Government of Saudi Arabia, the Inter-American Development Banks, the Latin American and Caribbean Development Banks, Fundación Oceano Azul, the French Development Agency, and the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy. .


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