Ms Mariya Gabriel delivers a keynote speech, via pre-recorded video message, at the Launch of Charter Mission Restore our Ocean and Waters

(Source: European Commission)

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Dear Representatives of the host countries, Kenya and Portugal,

Dear Representatives of the United Nations,

Dear Research and Innovation Community,

Ladies and Gentlemen,


Thank you for the invitation to participate in the launch of the Charter for the Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030”!

Our Oceans, Rivers Lakes and wetlands give us the sense of immensity.

An immensity captured in sentences like the one attributed to Newton recognising that “What we know is a drop, what we don’t know is an ocean.”

Thanks to scientific knowledge we can measure the levels of pollution of our waters.

Thanks to science we know better how rivers are impacted by climate change, threatening complex biodiversity equilibrium.

Through scientific knowledge we can reliably model and predict future scenarios of the evolution of our Oceans.

Thanks to science, we discover that the natural resources of our blue planet are, in fact, scarce and fragile.

I would like to recognise the excellent effort stared in September 2021 to set the Mission to protect the health of our Ocean, our Seas, and our rivers.

The solutions depend on research and innovation fostering a sustainable economy.

The United Nations Ocean Conference comes at a moment when we need to mobilise actors to propel much needed science-based innovative solutions to protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, eliminate pollution as well as to make the blue economy climate-neutral and circular.

Through science, we have a better social awareness of the need to restore the equilibrium of such vital resources.

With this Mission, you set-up ‘lighthouses’ to guide your actions.

They target the Mediterranean Sea, the Baltic and North Sea, the Danube River, and the Atlantic-Arctic.

They cover all Europe and connect to the rest of the world.

They will support research and innovation and be testbeds for the exchange of best practices for sustainable blue economy solutions.

With the Charter you launch today, governments, and public authorities from Europe and around the world, businesses, civil society, funding organisations, universities and researchers are called to work together to restore and make our blue planet sustainable.

It is time to act and deliver. That is the purpose of this ambitious mission.

Young and older generations have a growing consciousness of the need to care about the limited resources of our planet.

Whether you are a representative of a Member State or a region, a business owner, an investor, or a caring citizen, and you want to drive change, come and join.

By adhering to the Charter, you will drive the change of our communities, now and for future generations.

Thank for your attention.

I wish you a very fruitful event!

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