High-Level Leader Participation and Final Agenda for Oceans Day at the UNFCCC at COP 21, December 4th in Paris

By Dr. Magdalena A K Muir, Advisory Board Member, Climate, Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC)

logo-cop21As COP 21 approaches, the Oceans Day is being finalized for COP 21. 

EUCC has been very engaged in the preparations for this event, including the organization, contributing to the policy brief which will be issued soon, and publishing advance information on the Ocean Day event.

 Further reporting in this news service  for COP 21 will occur on the Oceans Day, and for relevant biodiversity, coastal and marine issues and events throughout this important international conference.

We are pleased to announce an extensive and comprehensive agenda for the Oceans Day event which is available here: November 20 Oceans Day at COP 21 Program Pre-Final.  Further information on registration and contacts are provided below.

At this time, EUCC would also like to profile the confirmed high-level leaders now attending the event. We would also like to recognize and acknowledge the very significant participation from  European Union, and European nations, business and conservation organizations. This reflects that importance that Europe places on oceans and climate issues.

Confirmed high-level leaders now include:

H.S.H. Prince Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco

H.E. Mr. Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr., President, Palau

Hon. Dr. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister, Grenada

H.E. Mr. Karmenu Vella, Commissioner on Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission

H.E. Mr. Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of Environment, Peru, President, UNFCCC COP 20

H.E. Mme Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France

Hon. Mr. Rimbink Pato MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Papua New Guinea

H.E. Mr. Greg Hunt MP, Minister for the Environment, Australia

Ms. Catherine Novelli, Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, Department of State, United States

H.E. Mr. Ronald Jumeau, Ambassador for Climate Change and Small Island Developing State Issues, Seychelles

H.E. Dr. Angus Friday, Ambassador to the United States, Grenada

Sir David King, Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change, United Kingdom

Dr. Monde Mayekiso, Deputy Director-General of Environmental Affairs, South Africa

H.E. Ms. Mary Robinson, President, Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice

H.E. Ms. Ngedikes Olai Uludong, Ambassador to the European Union, Ambassador on Climate Change, Palau

Dr. Irina Bokova, Director-General, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Dr. Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme

Dr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat

Mr. Michel Jarraud, Secretary General, World Meteorological Organization

Dr. Helena Semedo, Deputy Director General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary-General, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, and Pacific Ocean Commissioner

Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO

Ms. Naoko Ishii, Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility

Ms. Paula Caballero, Senior Director, Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, World Bank

Prof. Hans Pörtner, Co-Chair, Working Group II (Impacts and Adaptation), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Dr. Edmund Hughes, Head, Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency, Subdivision for Protective Measures, Marine Environment Division, International Maritime Organization

Mr. Francis Vallat, President, European Network of Maritime Clusters

Mr. Angus Garrett, Head of Seafood Foresight, Seafish, UK

Mr. David Bresch, Global Head, Sustainability, Swiss Re

Ms. Inger Andersen, Director General, International Union for the Conservation of Nature

Ms. Maria Damanaki, Global Managing Director for Oceans, The Nature Conservancy

Dr. Marco Lambertini, Director General, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) International

UNFCCC Parties and Observers and interested persons are invited to participate in the Oceans Day at COP 21 in Paris, Friday, 4 December 2015, Rio Conventions Pavilion, Climate Generations Area
The Oceans Day is organized by the Global Ocean Forum,  Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission/UNESCO, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Ocean Policy Research Institute/Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan, the University of Delaware, and the Ocean and Climate Platform, together with 37 other partners, including the Governments of Grenada, Indonesia, Portugal, Seychelles, South Africa, and Sweden.

A high-level event, the Oceans Day aims to advance the oceans and climate change agenda at the UNFCCC COP 21 and beyond. The major objectives are to:
–Highlight the major climate and oceans issues, with emphasis on the impacts on the most vulnerable peoples and ecosystems, and suggest next steps, both within and outside the UNFCCC framework;
–Foster political leadership and move forward on the major climate and ocean solutions with the engagement of high-level leaders around the world;
–Catalyze and share solutions as part of the global portfolio of actions; and
–Consider and move forward on a five-year strategic plan on oceans and climate to guide policy and action.

The Oceans Day at COP 21 builds on previous UNFCCC Oceans Days (2009, 2010, 2011) and features interventions from leaders in the UNFCCC negotiations, high-level political figures from governments, international organizations, academia and scientific institutions, industry, and civil society (see below for a sample of the confirmed high-level speakers). Please see the attached program here 


Please note that participants must register by 30 November 2015

Please download the registration form from the Global Ocean Forum website (globaloceanforum.com), fill out and return to Dr. Miriam Balgos at miriambalgos@globaloceans.org.

For more information on the Oceans Day at COP 21 program, please see:
To register for Oceans Day, please fill out this form: registration-form.

Further information, please feel free to also contact :

Dr. Magdalena A.K. Muir, Advisory Board Member, Climate at the Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC) at makmuir@ieels.com or skype makmuir
Dr. Miriam C. Balgos, Program Coordinator, Global Ocean Forum at   miriambalgos@globaloceans.org