Antarctica 2020

Project led by : 

Ocean Unite, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition

Geographical Area

The project is led by a diverse group of high-level influencers from the world of sports, politics, business, media and science, to build support for protecting more than seven million square kilometers of Antarctic waters by 2020.


With ASOC and its main partners, The Pew Charitable Trusts and Ocean Unite, Antarctica2020 calls for high-level leadership, multilateral cooperation and sustained diplomatic efforts at key moments, to ensure action is taken to protect the world’s greatest remaining ocean wilderness. This protection will help build resilience to climate change, spur scientific collaboration and understanding, and regenerate ocean life around our planet’s Southern pole.

In the coming year, they expect to secure large-scale marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean, the waters around Antarctica. To achieve these objectives, they would like to raise awareness and obtain the support of key decision-makers in various regions of the world and to advocate for Antarctic marine protection at key events. The Scale-up Committee of the Paris Peace Forum provides tailored advice and support to the project leaders, more particularly in the areas of political lobbying and advocacy.


Antarctica 2020 is a group of high-level influencers promoting Antarctic marine protection and is supported by the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC), The Pew Charitable Trusts and Ocean Unite.


10 - 16 January 2019: Invited by the President of Chile, the project team went to Antarctica

Blog Medium: Southern Ocean protection: Good for penguins, people and the planet - Geneviève Pons

Radio France Internationale: Antártida 2020 llama a proteger el océano Austral - José María Figueres

Euractiv: Antarctica: A historic opportunity for the EU to act for the planet - Geneviève Pons and Pascal Lamy

Le Monde: Protection de l’Antarctique : "La France et Emmanuel Macron ont la possibilité d’écrire l’histoire" - Sylvia Earle and Pascal Lamy

9 - 10 April 2019: Antarctica2020 will be represented at the International Arctic Forum by its champions Slava Fetisov and José María Figueres (Panel "Limitless Opportunities: Ensuring the Rational Use of the World Ocean’s Natural Riches" on 9 April 2019)

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