Blue Economy, environmental philanthropy and ocean acidification on the COP28 agenda for the FPA2

As COP28 unfolds in Dubai, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is set to make a profound impact with its dynamic presence and a focused agenda rich in discussions and initiatives for ocean conservation and climate action. 

As the global community focuses on COP28 in Dubai, happening from 30th November to 12th December, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (FPA2) is gearing up to make a substantial impact from 1st to 4th December.  

The schedule 

Kicking off on 1st December, the FPA2 will host the ‘Ocean Innovators Platform Roundtables’. This event, stretching from 9am to 4pm at the St Regis, promises in-depth discussions on marine ecosystem protection, the latest in marine CDR technology and innovations in green shipping.  

The day will continue with the event entitled ‘Building the New, Blue Economy: Investing for Sustainable Oceans and Climate’ from 5pm to 6.30pm that will present the importance of sustainable investments. The day’s activities will conclude with the OceanXplorer cocktail reception from 6pm to 9.30pm at Dubai Harbour, an event dedicated to fostering innovation for ocean health. 

The momentum will continue on 2nd December with the session called ‘Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement: A Guide to Responsible, Transparent, and Inclusive Research’ from 8am to 9am at the Ocean Pavilion. 

This will be followed by ‘The Role of Environmental Philanthropy in the Implementation of UN Process’ from 9am to 12.30pm at the Science for Climate Action Pavilion. The day will later feature the ‘Sea of Change’ discussion from 11am to 12pm, which will focus on combating plastic pollution and protecting blue economies in the Mediterranean. 2nd December will wrap up with the ‘Ocean Innovators Platform High-Level Meeting’ from 5pm to 6pm at the Jameel Arts Centre. The central theme of the session will be ‘Blue Capital’ and its impact in ocean innovation. 

‘Ocean Decade Foundations Dialogue: Philanthropic Cooperation for Effective Action in Ocean Science for Climate Action’ will lead the programme on 3rd December, and will take place from 1.15pm to 2.45pm at the Science for Climate Action Pavilion.  Following this, from 2pm to 4pm at the IAEA Pavilion, the focus shifts to ‘Ocean Acidification in the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, and the Mediterranean: Scaling Down Risks and Scaling Up Solutions’. 

Finishing off on 4th December, the FPA2 will shift its focus to regional perspectives with ‘Implementation of the Ocean Decade in Africa: Looking at Oceans from a Specific Regional Perspective’ from 12.30pm to 2pm at the Moroccan Pavilion. This session will underscore the unique challenges and solutions pertinent to the African context. 

Throughout these four days at COP28, the FPA2, along with appearances by Prince Albert II, will foster dialogues and partnerships aimed at a sustainable and resilient future for our oceans and the planet.  


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