By Magdalena A K Muir, Advisory Board Climate, Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC)
The Global Ocean Forum, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission/UNESCO, the Ocean and Climate Platform, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (Japan), the University of Delaware, the Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC) and EUCC Atlantic Centre, together with other collaborating partners are organizing the Oceans Day at COP 21 in Paris.
Climate change is the most important issue of our time. Oceans and climate are intertwined, with oceans driving climate and climate change affecting ocean health and coastal and island peoples in Europe and internationally. The oceans are warming dramatically, and also becoming more acidic as they absorb most CO2 increases. The images illustrate the warming oceans across the globe from January to June 2015.
The purpose of the Oceans Day is to advance the oceans and climate change agenda at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 21) and beyond. The Oceans Day at COP 21 builds on previous UNFCCC Oceans Days–Oceans Day in Copenhagen (UNFCCC COP 15, 2009); Oceans Day in Cancun (UNFCCC COP 16, 2010), and Oceans Day in Durban (UNFCCC COP 17, 2011)–as well as on the Oceans Day at Rio+20, and the outcome of the World Ocean Day (8 June 2015) organized by IOC/ UNESCO and the Ocean and Climate Platform 2015 held at UNESCO in Paris.
The Oceans Day at COP 21 (Friday, December 4, 2015) will be held at the Rio Conventions Pavilion (in the Civil Society Zone) in cooperation with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat.
For more information on the Ocean Day at COP 21, please see Oceans Day at COP 21 Information here https://globaloceanforumdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/oceans-day-at-cop21-information.pdf
To register for Oceans Day, please fill out this form located here: Registration Form – Oceans Day at COP 21 https://globaloceanforumdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/registration-form-oceans-day-at-cop-211.pdf