Ocean and Climate Moment
As a follow-up of the World Oceans Day on 8 June 2015 at the UNESCO Headquarters, and all of the ocean-themed events taking place during COP21, the Ocean and Climate Moment will bring together representatives of Member States, UN agencies, Small Island Developing States, international scientific bodies and experts as well as national and international civil society actors. The aim is to recap and highlight the major scientific justifications and recommendations for policy action presented in the various COP21 ocean events. It will also propose next steps in the scientific efforts to support decision-making around the ocean and climate theme.
The event will focus on distilling the main technical and scientific rationales discussed and framed by the Ocean and Climate Forum on December 3 and developing an agenda for the scientific community on how to best support leaders and policy-makers in carrying out the policy actions put forward during the Oceans Day at COP21 on December 4.
The Ocean and Climate Moment will engage in both a retrospective discussion of key messages related to ocean and climate proffered during COP21 at different official and civil society events, and at the same time conduct an agenda-setting exercise for the scientific community focused on the implementation of the Ocean's Call for Climate launched on the occasion of Word Oceans Day, with five main objectives:
- Continue to invest in scientific research in order to better understand ocean-climate interactions and support policy formulation and implementation:
- Strengthen the ocean’s capacity to mitigate climate change, through protected and functioning marine ecosystems able to store CO2:
- Address the adaptation challenges faced by coastal regions and island nations that are often the most vulnerable:
- Develop innovative solutions in energy, food and maritime transport industries;
- Integrate projects related to sustainable management and the conservation of marine and coastal biodiversity into climate finance mechanisms, in particular initiatives related to marine protected areas.