EU-U.S. Conference Series: "Sustainable Oceans: Reconciling Economic Use and Protection"
3rd conference: 'Good Governance for Sustainable Marine Development'
Cascais (Lisbon), June 3 to 5, 2013
The Draeger Foundation hosted its 3rd conference on 'Sustainable Oceans: Reconciling Economic Use and Protection' in Cascais (near Lisbon), Portugal, from June 3 to 5, 2013. The conference was organized in cooperation with the Earth Institute at Columbia University, New York and the Kiel Excellence Cluster 'Future Ocean'.
The focus of the 2013 conference was on good governance for sustainable marine development. We discussed the role of national governments, international organizations and agreements, science, business, and NGOs in securing a sound future for the oceans. Consequently, the following questions arose: How can the use of the oceans' resources be regulated? How to strike a balance between governance and regulatory overkill? How to introduce effective surveillance mechanisms (in open international areas as well as in coastal zones)? How to finance the protection of the seas?
Once more international high-level experts from the fields of politics, business and academia as well as from NGOs and international organizations were brought together to discuss these challenges in a comprehensive way and to identify practical solutions to facilitate future sustainable development.
One of the key objectives of the conference series is to help establish an independent European Ocean Alliance and to link it with the U.S. Joint Ocean Commission Initiative. We want to help build a comprehensive international architecture for sustainable marine development, and finally encourage a remedial action plan towards sustainable oceans to our governments.
The Dräger Foundation is honored that H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and the Rt. Hon. David Miliband, Member of the British Parliament and former British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, took part in its third conference on 'Sustainable Oceans: Reconciling Economic Use and Protection' which will take place in Cascais (near Lisbon), Portugal, from June 3 to 5, 2013.
Together with H.E. Anibal António Cavaco Silva, President of the Portuguese Republic, H.S.H. Prince Albert II accepted the patronage of the conference in Cascais and opened this meeting of senior ocean experts on June 3. Greatly appreciating the Prince's longstanding commitment and dedication to maritime protection and sustainable development, the Dräger Foundation and its co-organizers were delighted to welcome His Serene Highness to the conference.
David Miliband, who also served as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2006-2007) in Tony Blair's cabinet, is the co-chair of the newly launched Global Ocean Commission. The Dräger Foundation feels very privileged that he accepted its invitation to speak at the conference. Mr. Miliband gave the dinner speech on June 4, sharing initial insights into the work, development and objectives of the Global Ocean Commission.