Oceans Day at Durban was co-organized by the Global Ocean Forum in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Affairs of the Government of South Africa, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO), the Global Environment Facility, United Nations Development Programme, the GEF UNDP/UNEP African Large Marine Ecosystem projects, and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory. Oceans Day, attended by over 180 participants, was held at the Rio Convention Pavilion, at the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC in Durban, South Africa. Oceans Day featured presentations from representatives from all sectors, including governments, international agencies, NGOs, and the scientific community, on major topics in oceans and climate to reiterate the urgent need to address oceans and coasts within and outside the UNFCCC, including through the development of an integrated strategy for oceans and climate and the possible creation of a caucus of coastal countries within the UNFCCC.
Oceans Day at Durban Summary
Oceans Day Bulletin: A Summary Report of the Oceans Day at Durban prepared by ENB