TOWARDS THE UN OCEAN
CONFERENCE 2025

science, policy & blue economy, a common ambition for the UAE, France, and Costa Rica

Visit of JAYWUN

(Morning TBC by invitation only at Zayed port) 

In partnership with the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, a visit of the research vessel Jaywun will be organised.

OPENING REMARKS

(14:00-14:15)

HE Nicolas Niemtchinow, Ambassador of France to the UAE
 
HE Francisco J. Chacón Hernández, Ambassador of Costa Rica to the UAE

Prof Nathalie Martial-Braz, Vice Chancellor of Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi

Panel one

(14:15-15:15)

This panel is moderated by Ashok Adicéam, Deputy Ambassador Ocean – French Gov Deputy Special envoy to French President - UN Ocean  Conference, Nice 2025. 

UNOC leaders emphasize the actions to support and nurture SDG 14 Life Below Water. Under the theme “Accelerating action and mobilizing all actors to conserve and sustainably use the ocean”, they will discuss the role of blue economy & coastal cities.

UNOC Overview
by Ashok Adicéam, Deputy Ambassador Ocean – French Gov Deputy Special envoy to French President - UN Ocean Conference, Nice 2025

Blue Economy
by Stephanie Ockenden, Deputy Head of Secretariat for the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy at the WRI (World Resources Institute)

Civil Society & UNOC
by Marina Antonopoulou, Senior Director of Climate Change and Nature Conservation, Emirates Nature-WWF

Keynotes

(15:15-15:45)

Hiba Obaid Mohammad Darwish Alshehhir, Director of Biodiversity Department, UAE Ministry of Climate Change & Environment

HE Ahmed Abdulmuttaleb Baharoon
, Executive Director for Environmental Information and Science and Outreach Management, Environment Agency Abu Dhabi

Coffee break (15min)

Panel Two

(16:00-17:00)

This panel is moderated by Admiral Christophe Prazuck, Director of the Ocean Institute and former chief of the French Navy. 

International Scientific experts & researchers of the Ocean Institute present their scientific projects to advance ocean science, with a focus on the UAE.

Mangroves contribution to biodiversity conservation and climate action
by Prof Tarik Meziane, Director of BOREA Research Lab, National Museum of Natural History, France

eDNA-based monitoring of marine fish and mammals
by Prof Jean-Luc Jung, Director of Dinard Marine Station, National Museum of Natural History, France

Marine mammal observatory and monitoring their marine environment
by Prof Oliver Adam, Bio acoustician, Full Professor at Sorbonne University

Observing the Ocean in the context of climate change and societal demand - developing a glider-based observation system off Abu Dhabi
by Hervé Claustre, CNRS Research Director, Sorbonne University & CNRS, Sea Institute of Villefranche-sur-Mer

Reflections on a Marine Plastic Pollution Treaty
by Dr Beatriz Garcia, Associate Professor of Law, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi

Panel Three

(17:00-18:00)

Key maritime & ocean related industry actors express their views on Ocean preservation.

Speakers to be announced soon.

Conclusion remarks

(18:00-18:15)

by Admiral Christophe Prazuck, Director of the Ocean Institute and former chief of the French Navy. 

Exhibition Guided Tour

(18:30-19:00)

“Living Colors for Pure Ocean” Exhibition Guided Tour by photographer Christophe Chellapermal

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