Climate Change & Oceans Preservation

Brussels, Tuesday 19 February 2019


19 February 2019

Egmont Palace


08:00 – 09:00        Registration

09.00 – 10.00        Opening ceremony

Charles Michel, Prime Minister (Belgium)


H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco


Patricia Espinosa, UNFCC Executive Secretary (to be confirmed)


Marie Christine Marghem, Minister of Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (Belgium)


Philippe De Backer, Minister of the North Sea (Belgium)



10.00 - 11.15       Panel 1 : Climate change and impact on Ocean biodiversity

Moderator :


Fanny Douvere, UNESCO, World Heritage Marine Programme Coordinator


Keynote speaker :


Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries


Speakers :


Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change (Canada) (to be confirmed)


Brune Poirson, Minister of State, attached to the Ministre d'État, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition (France)


Guillaume Venance Randriatefiarison, Minister of Environment, Ecology and Forests (Madagascar)


Karolina Skog, Minister for the Environment (Sweden) (to be confirmed)


Minister of State (Norway) (to be confirmed)


Peter Thomson, United Nations Special Envoy for Oceans


Denis Allemand, The Monaco Scientific Centre, Scientific Director


11.15 - 11.45         Coffee Break

11.45 - 13.00         Panel 2 : How to conciliate Ocean energy with Marine conservation

Moderator :


Giles Dickson, Wind Europe CEO


Keynote speaker :


Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Commissioner for Climate Action & Energy


Speakers :


Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO, Director-General (to be confirmed)


Nezha El Ouafi, Minister of Sustainable Development (Morocco)


Claude Turmes, Minister of Energy (Luxembourg) (to be confirmed)


Régis Immongault, Minister of Foreign Affairs (Gabon)


Rémi Gruet, Ocean Energy Europe CEO


Nicolas Entrup, Ocean Care, Ocean Policy Consultant


Emma Navarro, European Investment Bank's Vice-President


13.00 - 14.00        Lunch

14.00 - 14.30      The Maritime Industry Decarbonisation Council
Presentation by the RBSA

Wilfried Lemmens, Royal Belgian Shipowners' Association, Managing Director


14.30 - 15.45    Panel 3 : Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships

Moderator :


Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Former IPCC Vice-Chair, Prof. KU Leuven


Keynote speaker :


Kitack Lim, International Maritime Organization, Secretary-General


Speakers :


Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment (Egypt) (to be confirmed)


Fabiola Martha Muñoz Dodero, Minister of Environment (Peru)


David Paul, Minister of Environment (Marshall Islands)


Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management (The Netherlands)


Rémi Parmentier, Because the Ocean

15.45 – 16.15        Closing session

16.15 – 18.00        Reception and Signature of "the Brussels Declaration"