The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO facilitates the development of ocean sciences, observations, systems for early warning of ocean-related hazards and capacity building to monitor the ocean’s major role in the climate system and predict ocean changes. It lays the ground for the design of efficient climate adaptation and mitigation strategies. IOC focuses on the most damaging impacts, such as ocean acidification, temperature increase, sea-level rise, deoxygenation, and changes in marine biodiversity.
IOC started its preparation towards COP21 with the organization of the UN World Oceans Day (WOD) at UNESCO Headquarters on 8 June 2015, organized in collaboration with the Ocean and Climate Platform. WOD assembled Heads of State and 1,200 representatives from the youth, scientific community and civil society for a day of discussions which marked the start of global public education on the role of the ocean in the climate system, notably with the launch of the “Ocean’s Call for Climate”.
As the COP21 sought to redefine and strengthen the climate regime, IOC proactively engaged with the policy, research and civil society communities for more effective integration of ocean perspectives into climate change mitigation and adaptation mechanisms, while also promoting the importance of a robust scientific knowledge base to support policy development. It aimed to draw the attention of decision-makers to the need for an ambitious agreement at COP21.
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How did IOC contribute to the integration of the ocean and climate nexus into COP21 negotiations? Read our udpates to make sure you didn't miss anything.
- 13 November 2015: Taking action for the ocean and climate: IOC-UNESCO and the Ocean & Climate Platform unveil new recommendations in the wake of COP21
- 26 November 2015: The ocean’s vital role at the heart of UNESCO’s participation in COP21
- 1 December 2015: Launch and premiere of the “+ ou - 5 mètres” documentary series at UNESCO Headquarters
- 2 December 2015: Ocean observation and research: The way forward to ensure a climate-resilient future
- 3 December 2015: IOC-UNESCO at COP21: Creating momentum for new climate commitments with Ocean and Climate Forum
- 4 December 2015: Oceans Day at COP21: Galvanizing public support and moving the ocean and climate agenda forward
- 7 December 2015: Scientific community proposes recommendations for integration of ocean and coasts in COP21 agreement
- 8 December 2015: Australia acts to create the International Partnership for Blue Carbon to fight climate change
- 9 December 2015: Global mobilization is key to maintain political momentum around ocean, says scientific community at COP21
- 10 December 2015: IOC-UNESCO dedicates “Ocean and Climate Moment” to key scientific messages from COP21
Discover the many COP21-related events IOC participated in at Paris-Le Bourget or elsewhere in Paris!
- 30 November-11 December 2015: One UN Exhibit - Science Booth
- 1 December 2015: Launch and premiere of the "+ ou - 5 mètres" series
- 2 December 2015: One Ocean, One Climate, One UN: Working together for a healthy and resilient ocean
- 3 December 2015: Ocean and Climate Forum
- 3 December 2015: The changing ocean and its impact on society
- 3-4 December 2015: Ocean exhibition at UNESCO Pavilion
- 4 December 2015: Oceans Day at COP21
- 4 December 2015: Science-based climate information – building on evidence to implement policies
- 5 December 2015: Place to B – Focus on the ocean
- 7 December 2015: Ocean acidification and other climate stressors or impacts on the ocean – where we are heading, and what we need to stop it
- 7 December 2015: The Importance of Addressing Oceans and Coasts in an Ambitious Agreement at the UNFCCC COP21
- 8 December 2015: Mobilizing towards the Implementation of the Oceans and Climate Action Plan and Other Recommendations from Oceans Day at COP21
- 9 December 2015: COP21 Africa Science Seminar: The role and needs for homegrown scientific research, technology and innovations related to climate change
- 9 December 2015: Ocean reception hosted by IOC-UNESCO, IUCN, the Global Ocean Forum and the Ocean and Climate Platform
- 10 December 2015: Ocean and Climate Moment
- 10 December 2015: The Role and Needs for Homegrown Scientific Research, Technology and Innovations related to Climate Change
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