Paul Gauguin to Host Inaugural Blue Climate Summit

MS Paul Gauguin

Blue Climate Initiative announced that its inaugural Blue Climate Summit will take place on the Paul Gauguin, May 14-20, 2022 in French Polynesia.

The Summit will be co-convened by H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaca, President Edouard Fritch of French Polynesia and others, and will focus on accelerating projects that target six missions: climate change mitigation, ocean protection, CO2 removal, healthy blue communities, sustainable tourism and improved ocean understanding. 

According to a statement, over 250 scientists, innovators, policy makers, business and financial experts, community leaders and environmental and youth activists will be brought together to work on ocean and climate strategies. 

The Summit is a program of the Blue Climate Initiative, which was born in French Polynesia and is now a flagship program of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. 

“There has never been a more important or urgent time for the world to address ocean protection and climate change. With tipping points rapidly approaching, we can’t afford to wait. Rather than just talking about problems, the Blue Climate Summit is focused on action and solutions,” said Stan Rowland, CEO of Blue Climate Initiative.

Hervé Gastinel, CEO of Ponant, which owns Paul Gauguin Cruises added: “We are proud the m/s Paul Gauguin, Tahiti’s iconic luxury small ship, has been selected as the host venue. The partnership with the Climate Summit is a natural fit as we also have ambitious objectives to protect the ocean and the communities where our ships visit.” Earlier this, he had also reaffirmed Ponant's ive founding engagements relating to the environment, cornerstones of the company’s commitment to promoting a sustainable and responsible tourism.

The full program of events can be found here, which includes a session focused on sustainability in the travel industry. The discussion will feature speakers including Charles Gravatte, General Secretary at Ponant and Mathieu Bechonnet, Managing Director of Air Tahiti Nui.  

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