Oceans Day, the fourth day of the RCP at the UNFCCC COP21, convened on Friday, 4 December 2015, in Paris, France. Hosted by the Global Ocean Forum, Oceans Day aimed to advance the climate and ocean agenda by achieving four major objectives: highlighting major climate and ocean issues and their impacts on vulnerable peoples and ecosystems, and suggesting steps forward; fostering political leadership, and moving forward on the major climate and oceans solutions by engaging high-level leaders from around the world; catalyzing and sharing solutions as part of the global portfolio of actions; and, mobilizing collaboration in developing a five-year strategic plan on oceans and climate to guide policy and action.
Six panel sessions were convened, including on: challenges and opportunities in the context of climate and oceans; addressing the effects of climate change on oceans and on coastal and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) populations; mitigation and the oceans; adaptation and financing for adaptation; capacity development, scientific monitoring, and public education; and bringing it all together: a five-year agenda for action.
The high-level segment included addresses from Prince Albert II of Monaco, Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation, and Ségolène Royal, French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.
Two videos were screened. The first was titled ‘The Nature of People,’ which focused on how coastal communities are adapting to a changing climate. The second, titled ‘Moana Rua: The Rising of the Seas,’ aims to explore the human dimension of climate change, using the arts to portray climate change challenges, while stressing the urgency of addressing climate change for Pacific Islanders.
Oceans Day closed with a reception.
Our summary report of Oceans Day at CPOP 21 is available in HTML or PDF format
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