M/S Paul Gauguin is hosting inaugural Blue Climate Summit, May 14-20, 2022

Over 250 scientists, innovators, policy makers, business and financial experts, community leaders and environmental and youth activists are brought together to work on ocean and climate strategies.

An initiative supported by the United Nations

The Summit is a programme of the Blue Climate Initiative, which was born in French Polynesia and is now a flagship programme of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Blue Climate Initiative engages scientists, innovators, community leaders, investors, and global experts through evidence-based action. It enables innovation research and collaboration to combat climate change while protecting our oceans and unlocking solutions to urgent challenges like renewable energy, sustainable food supplies, improved human health, flourishing biodiversity, stewardship of ocean’s resources and vibrant ocean economies.

This summit, sponsored by Prince Albert II of Monaco and the President of French Polynesia, Edouard Fritch, aims to give impetus to the actions carried out within the framework of its 6 major missions:

  • Slowing down climate change ;
  • Eliminating CO2 from the oceans;
  • Protecting the oceans;
  • Promoting healthy communities;
  • Promoting sustainable tourism;
  • Better understanding of the oceans.

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.

Stan Rowland, CEO of Blue Climate Initiative

A session focused on sustainability in the travel industry will be moderated by Ian Randall, Strategy Lead for the Blue Climate Initiative and feature speakers including Charles Gravatte, General Secretary at PONANT and Mathieu Bechonnet, Managing Director of Air Tahiti Nui.

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.

Hervé Gastinel, CEO of PONANT