Ocean and Climate: A Resilient Ocean for Future Generations
Increasing greenhouse gases concentration in the atmosphere is causing both anthropogenic climate change and ocean acidification. The induced changes are wide ranging and significant. The most notable effects on the oceans are ocean warming and acidification which cause rising sea levels, changes in ecosystems and biodiversity loss, extreme weather events and the loss of polar ice. These impacts can result in loss of life, destruction of property, loss or degradation of coastlines and coastal habitats, changes in the range, distribution and productivity of marine species, coral bleaching, and ecosystem degradation with its corresponding socioeconomic impacts.
This side event will present actions that countries are taking, with the support of the UN system, to address climate related multi-stressors on the ocean through improved scientific capacity to understand ocean change, the development of CO2 mitigation strategies and new innovative adaptation approaches.
Panelists from UN DOALOS, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), UNESCO World Heritage Centre, UN Environment, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will intervene. Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, will provide the closing remarks.