Ocean and Climate: scientific workshops and roundtables
The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) is organizing, together with partners, a series of workshops and roundtables under the theme Ocean & Climate in an effort to put the ocean at the centre of the climate change negotiations that will take place in December during the 21st UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris. These scientific sessions are part of UNESCO’s celebration of World Oceans Day.
Four parallel workshops will take place in the morning:
- Warming and acidification of the ocean: two sides of the same coin
- Socioeconomic Impacts of Climate Change
- The Ocean: a Source of Eco-innovations & Citizen Commitment to Build a “Blue Society“
- The Ocean’s Place in Climate Negotiations & Intiatives
In the afternoon, three successive roundtables wil bring together experts and the Young participants of the UNESCO Open Campus. They will focus on:
- The Ocean in the Climate System,
- Impacts of a Changing Climate on the Ocean and Society, and
- The Ocean as part of the Solution? Socioeconomic and Governance Aspects.
The celebration of World Oceans Day will conclude with a High Level closing ceremony, during which the recommendations on ocean-sensitive mitigation and adaptation strategies identified during the scientific workshops and roundtables will be presented to the heads of states, members of government, UN representatives and decisions makers attending, including Christina Figueres, Executive Secretary of UNFCCC and His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco. A representative of the young participants of the UNESCO Open Campus will also convey their messages and expectations for the preservation of the Ocean and the Climate.
World Oceans Day is celebrated each year to remind everyone of the major part the Ocean has in everyday life. It is one of the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe. The Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the impacts of human actions on the ocean; and to mobilize and unite the world behind a project of sustainable global ocean management ahead of the global climate change negotiations taking place during the 21st UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP21) at the end of 2015.