UNDP and Cousteau Society have joined hands to protect and restore oceans for sustainable development

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Cousteau Society signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Thursday June 15th in New York. The aim of this UNDP-Cousteau partnership is to undertake a range of ocean-related joint and coordinated activities at the global, regional and national level. UNDP and the Cousteau Society run programmes which share a number of geographic areas such as the Black Sea, Red Sea and the Comoros Islands.

Francine Cousteau, President of the Cousteau Society,  signed the agreement on behalf of the Cousteau Society,  said, “I thank UNDP and the devoted team for having shown confidence in our capacity to join forces to carry forward the work of Jacques Cousteau in the quest of excellence for the health of our Oceans and for the well-being of people on the water planet. On the eve of the twentieth Anniversary of Captain Cousteau’s passing, it is the most beautiful tribute we can offer to his work and to future generations, I am very enthusiastic and grateful.

Madame Francine Cousteau, Cousteau Society and Magdy Martínez-Solimán, UN Assistant Secretary General and Director of UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support after MoU signature at UNDP, New York (Photo: UNDP)

The agreement was signed on behalf on UNDP by DP, Magdy Martínez-Solimán, UN Assistant Secretary General and Director of UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support said: “Perhaps no name is more closely associated with ocean protection than that of Jacques Cousteau, whose incredible legacy is carried on through the work of the Cousteau Society. UNDP and the Cousteau Society both recognize that a healthy ocean is essential to poverty reduction and sustainable development. UNDP is honoured and privileged to join hands and work with the Cousteau Society.

As the Cousteau Society and UNDP share homogenous missions, a cooperation between the two organizations will be of great benefit, enabling both organizations to effort together on subjects such as oceans advocacy and awareness raising, marine ecosystem assessments, and tools and guidance on marine resource management.

Full article on UNDP Website: UNDP and Cousteau Society join hands to protect and restore oceans for sustainable development

Source: UNDP

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