UNESCO Campus: One Planet, One Ocean
UNESCO, together with 3 members of the Ocean & Climate Platform (IOC-UNESCO, the Surfrider Foundation Europe and Tara Expéditions), seeks to engage students – tomorrow’s experts and decision-maker – to stand up for our ocean and our climate by inviting them to participate in the events celebrating World Oceans Day. This UNESCO Campus was organized with the support of the GDF-Suez Foundation as part of UNESCO’s official celebration of World Oceans Day, which includes workshops, roundtables, a high-level plenary and cultural events.
Students with diverse backgrounds – ranging from biology, oceanography and environmental studies to sociology, law and political science – will work together in small groups, with the help of experts and moderators, to:
- Discover the essential role our ocean plays in our climate, the major impacts of climate change on the ocean, and feasible mitigation strategies;
- Understand the need for a multi-actor approach to mitigate climate change and the complexity of interdisciplinary action; and
- Identify ways to mobilize the public for ocean-related issues in the context of the lead-up to COP21.
The overall objective is to establish clear recommendations for Ocean and Climate management in an Action Plan that will be delivered to the decision-makers participating in World Oceans Day 2015.
The UNESCO Campus will be webcast live with simultaneous interpretation (English and French) and shared live on social media platforms, to enable students from around the world with an interest in the preservation of the ocean and the climate to follow and contribute.
This event is part of a series of thematic conferences organized by UNESCO, in partnership with the GDF-Suez Foundation, for groups of students on major issues such as water, the ocean, biodiversity, peace-building, access to education, sport ethics, etc. The idea is to use the expertise of UNESCO’s teams and partners to educate youth about current social, educational and environmental challenges, thus helping them to become responsible citizens.