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Oceans Action Day at COP 22

12 November 2016 | Marrakesh, Morocco

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The first ever Oceans Action Day convened on Saturday, 12 November 2016, on the margins of the twenty-second Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP22). The day began with Her Royal Highness (HRH) Princess Lalla Hasna of Morocco, and His Serene Highness (HSH) Prince Albert II of Monaco providing opening remarks. Princess Hasna outlined Morocco’s Blue Belt initiative to develop socio-economic activities from marine resources in coastal communities. Prince Albert highlighted UN initiatives that seek to protect marine areas beyond national jurisdiction. He urged that the hour has come for humanity to protest and act.

The morning also featured a Plenary High-Level Showcase Segment with sessions on ‘Oceans and Climate: Solutions to the core issues (food security, mitigation, adaptation, building resilience)’; and ‘Oceans and Climate: Science Solutions.’

The showcase featured ministers, scientists, private sector representatives, and policy makers who elaborated on policies, action plans, initiatives and commitments to implement the Paris Agreement, achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 14 (life below water) and work towards fulfilling their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

The afternoon featured three dialogues: ‘Adaptation Challenges and Opportunities’; ‘Mitigation Actions and NDCs’; and ‘Access to Finance Building Capacity for the Blue Economy under Climate Change.’

The dialogues expanded on the initiatives, action plans, policies and commitments discussed in the morning. They also highlighted efforts with regard to providing financial support, capacity development and further steps towards including oceans.

Regional dialogues took place in parallel sessions in the evening, followed by a reception.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, has provided a digial coverage, video coverage and a summary report from Oceans Action Day at COP 22, which is available in HTML and PDF format.
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View of the room during the high level panel

HRH Princess Lalla Hasna, Morocco.

Ségolène Royal, Minister of the Environment, Energy and the Sea, France

Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission

Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)

From L-R: Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, FAO; Aziz Akhannouch, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Morocco; HRH Princess Lalla Hasna, Morocco; HSH Prince Albert II, Monaco; Ségolène Royal, Minister of the Environment, Energy and the Sea, France; and Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission

HRH Princess Lalla Hasna, Morocco

HSH Prince Albert II, Monaco

HSH Prince Albert II, Monaco

Ségolène Royal, Minister of the Environment, Energy and the Sea, France

Manuel Barange, FAO

Aziz Akhannouch, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Morocco

HRH Princess Lalla Hasna, Morocco, with HSH Prince Albert II, Monaco

From L-R: Greg Stone, Conservation International; Catherine Novelli, Under Secretary of State, US; Laura Tuck, World Bank; and Premdut Koonjoo, Minister of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries, Shipping and Outer Islands, Mauritius

Catherine Novelli, Under Secretary of State, US

Laura Tuck, World Bank

Premdut Koonjoo, Minister of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries, Shipping and Outer Islands, Mauritius

Biliana Cicin-Sain, Global Ocean Forum

Greg Stone, Conservation International, speaking on behalf of Anote Tong, former President of Kiribati

Amb. Ronald Jumeau, Seychelles

Oumar Guèye, Minister of Fisheries and Maritime Economy, Senegal

Abdelmalek Faraj, Institut National de Recherche Halieutique, Morocco

From L-R: Hans-Otto Pörtner, Co-Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II, Alfred Wegener Institute, University of Bremen, Germany; Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission-UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO); Christopher N. Fox, Ceres; Françoise Gail, Ocean and Climate Platform; Achmad Poernomo, Indonesia

Achmad Poernomo, Indonesia

Françoise Gail, Ocean and Climate Platform

Hans-Otto Pörtner, Co-Chair, IPCC Working Group II, Alfred Wegener Institute, University of Bremen, Germany

Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, IOC-UNESCO

Christopher N. Fox, Ceres

Sylvie Goyet, Pacific Community

Kathy Baughman McLeod, The Nature Conservancy

Amb. Ngedikes Olai Uludong, Palau

Jacqueline McGlade, UNEP

Dina Ionesco, ‎International Organization for Migration

Amb. Waldermar Coutts, Chile

Raffael Jovine, Founder and Chief Scientist of Algae Ltd.

Dorothee Herr, IUCN

Najlaa Diouri, Tanger Med Port

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, WWF

Edmund Hughes, International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Eric Banel, French Shipowners' Association

Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Sustainable Energy for All

From L-R: Tiago Pitta e Cunha, Oceano Azul Foundation, Portugal; Hiroshi Terashima, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan; and Hrund Hafsteinsdóttir, Iceland

Dessima Williams, speaking on behalf of Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly

Manuel Barange, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)

Naoko Ishii, Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Raphaël Cuvelier, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation