The Ministerial Segment of COP21 opened on 4 December 2019 with statements from H.E. Mr. Sergio Costa, Minister for Environment, Land and Sea Protection of Italy, and Ms. Joyce Msuya, Deputy Executive Director of UNEP.
The UNEP/MAP Coordinator Mr. Gaetano Leone notably received a message from H.E. Mr Sergio Mattarella, President of the Republic of Italy, wishing COP21 delegates well in their deliberations.
A Video Message to COP 21 has been delivered by H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean.
Ms. Federica Gasbarro, a participant in the gathering of Mediterranean youth organized by Italy on 23 October 2019 in Naples, presented the Youth perspective and called upon Contracting Parties to press ahead on the path to sustainability.
The Contracting Parties reiterated their commitment to the health of the Mediterranean sea and coast. The High-Level Segment notably endorsed the Naples Ministerial Declaration.
Interactive Ministerial Policy Review Session
The session served to provide strategic guidance for the preparation of the next UNEP/MAP Medium-Term Strategy, considering the global context. The global framework encompasses the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity post-2020 Biodiversity Framework, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change process and the implementation of the Paris Agreement, the implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification Strategic Framework 2018-2030 aimed to the Land Degradation Neutrality, relevant UNEA resolutions and other relevant global processes.
A High-Level Panel discussion on “Protecting the marine environment and coastal region of the Mediterranean: game-changing action for sustainability” took place. The Panel was rolled out in two consecutive sessions: “Periscope” and “Propulsion”. The former focused on challenges and opportunities that should factor into policymaking to achieve Good Environmental Status in the Mediterranean in the context of sustainable development. The latter took the shape of an action-oriented collective reflection on leverage points that would accelerate the required transition.
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