11 Dec 2018 - Oceans Action Day, part of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action, took place on Saturday, 8 December 2018, in Katowice, Poland, on the sidelines of the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Participants at Oceans Action Day heard presentations from over 50 speakers, including UN Special Envoys and Champions, ministers, ambassadors, and representatives from governments, civil society, academia and the private sector. Discussions, debate and presentations highlighted issues linking the ocean and its resources to climate change adaptation and mitigation, food security, disaster risk reduction, trade, scientific research, finance, and displacement and migration. Participants also considered aspects of the report of the Roadmaps to Oceans and Climate Action (ROCA) Initiative on Assessing Progress on Ocean and Climate Action: 2018, which will be issued officially following COP 24.
In his keynote address, Peter Thomson, the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, said the second UN Ocean Conference in 2020 should focus on action and funding needed to address risks to the ocean as they relate to climate change. Ocean Action Day participants then engaged in panel discussions on:
- New scientific findings;
- Adaptation and displacement;
- Ocean content of Nationally Determined Contributions and ocean financing; and
- Ocean acidification.
During a high-level wrap-up session, delegates heard from, among others: Susi Pudjiastuti, Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesia; Helen Ågren, Swedish Ambassador for the Ocean, Sweden; and Hans-Otto Pörtner, Working Group II Co-Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The meeting closed at 6:26pm.
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