Interactive conference on high seas

Rendez-vous in New-York” is a participative conference and a unique citizen’s encounter around a hot topic on the international scene: the governance of the high seas and the protection of its biodiversity.

BBNJ, What’s that?

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea was first signed in 1982 in Montego Bay. It sets out the principles for the governance of the ocean. The high seas, i.e. the 64% of the world ocean surface that are located beyond the areas under the jurisdiction of coastal States (EEZ), were left to the principle of freedom and responsibility of each individual. Today, human activities, as well as climate change, are affecting the ecosystems of the high seas, calling for protective actions. For the first time in 1987, the General Assembly decided to open negotiations for the establishment of a treaty to complement the Montego Bay Convention in order to protect biodiversity on the high seas. This is known as the Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) treaty. Opened in 1988, this negotiation should conclude with the adoption of a treaty during the next session to be held in New York from 7 to 18 March 2022. Between a minor treaty and an ambitious treaty, many topics are the subject of bitter debates. We will debate and you will vote!

Echoing the official discussions

In connection with the One Ocean Summit, an international summit dedicated to the preservation of the oceans that will be held in Brest from February 9 to 11, 2021, the conference will take place in the One Ocean Summit Pavilion organized by Océanopolis. The official program of the summit includes a workshop on ocean governance on Wednesday morning (from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm – available here), which will some ideas for the future participants! The summit Heads of State (February 11) will make commitments for a strengthened governance of the ocean.

An interactive one hour and a half experience

“Rendez-vous in New-York” is a one and a half hour mediation experience, to raise awareness and to open up to the issues of biodiversity protection in the deep and the high seas, as they are currently negotiated at the UN in the framework of BBNJ.

Between political speeches and advocacy, the experts of the subject will try to convince you of the merits of their position. What will be YOUR opinion?

A fun way to participate

Thanks to an original entertaining device, you will be able to express your opinion live on real international governance issues. The speakers will feed you with their knowledge, their experiences, their stories and their questions to allow you to explore the different scenarios of protection and exploitation of the ocean that will be submitted to the vote. A real-time display will allow you to see what the room thinks!

This convivial event will be followed by a cocktail open to all participants.


  • Date: Thursday, February 10 at 6:30 pm
  • Free event, on registration (limited number of places) and on presentation of the health pass
  • Organizers: University of Western Brittany, French Facility for Global Environment, French Office for Biodiversity, Océanopolis, Association Infusion
  • Contact us:
  • Access: Océanopolis, Moulin Blanc marina, 29200 Brest

One Ocean Summit University

The city of Brest has been chosen to host, from February 9 to 11, 2022, an international summit dedicated to the protection of the ocean, the One Ocean Summit. This event, organized within the framework of the French presidency of the European Union, will be the occasion for forums and workshops of world experts in the field and will close with a meeting of high-ranking political leaders. The workshops are expected to produce calls for action and the summit will make commitments to strengthen international ocean governance.
At the request of Olivier Poivre d’Arvor, French ambassador of the poles and maritime issues in charge of the organization of the summit, the Brest University (UBO) is taking the initiative to mobilize its cooperating networks for a contribution of young researchers to One Ocean Summit. This initiative is included in the official program of the summit under the name of One Ocean Summit University. It is structured around three key moments:

  • upstream, a pool of young international researchers in marine sciences will be formed and consulted on the maritime issues addressed at the One Ocean Summit;
  • the summaries of this work and recommendations will be represented at the event in Brest by ambassadors of the One Ocean Summit University;
  • then downstream, this pool of young people will be able to continue the dynamic as a global think tank.

In order to fulfill this ambition, a compilation of the different contacts throughout UBO’s networks and on-going projects has already started. Following its creation, this set of network contacts will form a “convention” of young international researchers (students or professional) that will be led by the project team.

The objective here is to use a participatory approach to synthesize the broad the expertise and dynamics represented by the One Ocean Summit University in order to articulate common themes regarding the issues of research and research training in the context of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The goal is to produce actionable recommendations and a call for actions.

These recommendations will be presented in the thematic workshops of the One Ocean Summit by a panel of ambassadors of the One Ocean Summit University.

Following the meeting, UBO will work to ensure that this group of young researchers continues this work and take part in various initiatives and international meetings such as the United Nations Ocean Conference to be held in Lisbon from June 27 to July 1, 2022.


You want to join the One Ocean Summit University?

  • Check the topics of the One Ocean Summit workshops and select one you want to contribute to,
  • Contact the project team and be ready to contribute,
  • Join a group of young researchers at your place or with your international network to produce your contribution to the One Ocean Summit.

Organizing team

  • Yves-Marie Paulet, European Marine Board Member, Brest University Vice-chair for Marine Science (UBO), European Institute for Marine Studies (IUEM), France
  • Denis Bailly, coordinator of the Ocean University Initiative, Brest University, European Institute for Marine Studies (IUEM), Brest University (UBO), France
  • Romain Le Moal, One Ocean Summit University officer