Nice wins bid to host United Nation’s Ocean Conference in 2025

2025 United Nation’s Ocean Conference

The 2025 United Nation’s Ocean Conference is to be held in Nice, adding to the growing list of important international events looking to the city to put on a good show.  

The role of hosting the 2025 United Nation’s Ocean Conference, one of the biggest marine protection conferences in the world, has been awarded the city of Nice, it was announced by President Emmanuel Macron last week. The news came with word that the event will be co-organised by France and Costa Rica. 

The selection of Nice was of little surprise to those in the know. During the 2022 Salon des Maires – also known as the Mayors Meeting – last November, the Var Matin news outlet reportedly overheard Macron promise Nice’s mayor, Christian Estrosi, that his city would be given “two major international meetings on the scale of a COP or a G20”.  

“This is fair recognition of Nice’s commitment to the preservation of marine environments,” said Estrosi following the announcement. “The choice of the President of the [French] Republic to have Nice as the host city of this international summit, just a few months after its entry into the World Heritage of UNESCO, also attests to the ability of our city to welcome the biggest international events in the service of best promoting our country.” 

Nice is a good option for events of such large scale, having managed several in recent years, including part of the Tour de France in 2020. Earlier this year, Nice was also picked to be a prize Ironman location, a post it will hold for four years, and it will also be where the final leg of the Tour de France will be held in 2024, replacing Paris, which will be busy with the 2024 Olympic Games.  

The last United Nation’s Ocean Conference was held in Lisbon and co-hosted by Portugal and Kenya. Though the agenda has not been announced for the 2025 meeting in Nice, it should be noted that France and Costa Rica have a long-standing relationship of collaboration in the areas of sustainable management of the ocean and the improvement of marine governance, notably having worked together on the Alliance for the Conservation of Rainforests and on the Blue Carbon Coalition. 


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Frédéric Genta reveals Principality’s future plans to members of Club Suisse de Monaco

Monaco’s leader in the digital transition, Frédéric Genta, has accepted an invitation by the Club Suisse de Monaco to share his perspective and expertise on what the future Principality will look like.

Frédéric Genta is the Interministerial Delegate for Attractiveness and the Digital Transition. He is also a Swiss citizen, so it was with extra pride that members of the Club Suisse de Monaco came to hear a conference at the digital transition headquarters in Fontveille.

President of the Club Suisse de Monaco, Arik Röschke, introduced Frédéric Genta and spoke of his impressive background and career to date: the son of Swiss watchmaker and artist Gérald Genta, who’s most recognisable designs were that of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and Patek Philippe’s Nautilus, Frédéric Genta was educated at the University of Paris X, ESCP Business School and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

His career has spanned tech giants such as Orange, Amazon and Google, and in 2018 Genta was appointed to make Monaco the most digital state in the world. He is currently in charge of projects like Smart City, the e-government programme, digital security and digital economy.

Club members heard how, over the past four years, the digitalisation of Monaco has experienced an exponential growth, generating an increase in employment and enabling the Principality to better meet the needs of residents, tourists, workers, investors and companies. The trend has been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the future, the Principality would like, in particular, to encourage the establishment and facilitate the creation of businesses and attract people who contribute to the country’s prosperity with their knowledge and talents: real estate tech, yachting, ocean technology and family offices, as well as investors.

The event included a Q&A session and a cocktail during which members could further exchange with Mr Genta.

The Club Suisse de Monaco was founded in 1949. Its aim is to maintain social and cultural relations between Swiss and Monegasque people, as well as other nationals living in or visiting Monaco. By organising informative events in the fields of economics, politics and health with high-level personalities, the Club aims to promote exchanges providing a showcase of Swiss know-how and values.


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Photo; from left to right: Dr. Arik Röschke (President of the Club Suisse de Monaco) and Frédéric Genta (Member of the Monegasque Government)