Ocean Pathway at the UNFCCC

The Roadmap to Oceans and Climate Action (ROCA), co-led by the Global Ocean Forum, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, Oceano Azul Foundation of Portugal, and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation of Japan, are working closely with the Ocean Pathway Initiative, launched at COP 23 co-chaired by Fiji Minister of Economy and Minister Responsible for Climate Change, Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden, Hon. Isabella Lovin.

We are promoting the Ocean Pathway, the initiative of the Fiji COP 23 Presidency, to further incorporate the central issues related to oceans and climate into the UNFCCC processes led by a group of countries that are Friends of the Ocean. Please see the description of the Ocean Pathway here.

If you want to help in this endeavor, please contact:

Mr. Taholo Kami, Special Representative – Ocean Pathway, COP 23 Fiji Presidency, UNFCCC, tkami@cop23.com.fj

Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain, President, Global Ocean Forum, bilianacicin-sain@globaloceans.org

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Announcement of Oceans Action Day at COP 23

Oceans Action Day at COP 23, November 11, 2017, 10:00 AM to 7:30 PM, Bonn Zone, 23rd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Bonn, Germany

An all-day event on November 11, the Oceans Action Day at COP 23, part of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action, brings together heads of state, ministers, financial organizations, international agencies, civil society and other key stakeholders to focus attention on the issues related to oceans and climate and on the practical actions being taken to address these issues. The Day is focused on three main emphases: 1) concrete actions and commitments with a special attention to SIDS; 2) linkages of actions to NDCs (Nationally Determined Contributions); and 3) specific requirements for capacity development. The Day features 9 sessions focused on high-level perspectives on the way forward, science and the ocean, resilience of fisheries and aquaculture to climate change, ocean renewable energy, Blue Carbon, financial resources, ecosystem-based adaptation in ocean and coastal zones, migration and displacement, and keynote addresses on what must be done now to attain a sustainable future. See detailed program here.

In the concluding session of the Oceans Action Day, the Because the Ocean Signing Ceremony will take place, chaired by the Government of Chile.

The report on Assessing Progress on Ocean and Climate Action: 2016-2017, the first-ever yearly report on progress achieved on oceans and climate, and prepared by the partners of the ROCA (Roadmap to Oceans and Climate Action) Initiative, will be unveiled at the Oceans Action Day. See report here.

The Oceans Action Day is organized by FAO, Global Ocean Forum, IOC/UNESCO, IUCN, Ocean and Climate Platform, Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan, Oceano Azul Foundation/Oceanário de Lisboa, Portugal; in collaboration with Conservation International, Future Ocean Alliance, Government of Chile, Government of Grenada, Government of Seychelles, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Roadmap to Oceans and Climate Action (ROCA) Initiative, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, The Nature Conservancy, University of Delaware, and World Bank.

Contact: Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain, President, Global Ocean Forum, (bilianacicin-sain@globaloceans.org).