On 3 April 2017, during the Monaco Ocean Week and in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, numerous personalities will attend at the signing ceremony of the headquarters agreement between the Princely Government, the Permanent Secretariat of the Agreement Pelagos * and the member countries of the Pelagos * Agreement:
- Ségolène Royal, Minister of the Environment, Energy and the Sea, in charge of International Relations on Climate;
- Queen Noor Al-Hussein of Jordan,
- Gian Luca Galletti, Italian Minister for the Environment, Territorial Protection and the Sea,
- Sylvia Earle, founder of Mission Blue and Deep Ocean Exploration and Research,
- Purificacio Canals, President of MedPan,
- Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries,
- Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organization, President Emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute,
- Manuel Barange, Director of the Policy and Resources Division of Fisheries and Aquaculture at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
On the occasion of the signing ceremony a lecture on the Sanctuary for Marine Mammals will take place at 7.30 p.m. at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. The lecture is open to the public (booking required) and will be followed by the show “Whale and Double Bass”) by Bernard Abeille. Further information: www.pelagos-sanctuary.org
*The Pelagos Agreement, which was signed by France, Italy and the Principality of Monaco on 25 November 1999 in Rome, concerns the creation of a Sanctuary to protect marine mammals and their habitats from all anthropogenic threats. The Sanctuary consists of a pilot area of the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS) and is recognised as a Specially Protected Area of Mediterranean Importance (SPAMI). The Pelagos Sanctuary is the only international Marine Protected Area in the Mediterranean that is devoted to the protection of marine mammals.