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Minister Antonia Urrejola meets with prominent ocean conservation scientist

Tuesday, January 17th 2023

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonia Urrejola, held a meeting with the prominent US scientist, Sylvia Earle, one of the leading global figures in ocean conservation advocacy, who is in our country on the occasion of her participation in Congreso Futuro.

At the meeting they discussed various issues on the national and international ocean agenda, such as the establishment of marine protected areas, and especially the "Americas for the Protection of the Ocean", an initiative led by Chile, together with Canada, which seeks to create a network of countries to protect the seabed that crosses the entire hemisphere.

"Today's meeting with Sylvia Earle allowed us to review the most urgent issues on the global ocean agenda, as well as a regional perspective. Undoubtedly, her work is an inspiration to persevere in a turquoise foreign policy, which aims at the ambitious challenge we have in the conservation of ecosystems for future generations", said the Minister.

They were also able to discuss what will be the closing of the negotiations of the "High Seas Agreement" (BBNJ), a binding international treaty that seeks to protect marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, a fundamental tool to achieve the global goals of conservation and sustainable use of the ocean.

Sylvia Earle was the first woman to serve as Chief Scientist at NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and to lead the first all-female team of ocean explorers. She has a distinguished career promoting global awareness of the ocean's richness and currently leads the Mission Blue initiative, a platform that promotes the ocean conservation agenda at an international level.