Report from Oceans Day (December 4, 2015), and Other Oceans Events at COP 21

Magdalena Muir at EUCC’s Oceans Day booth at COP 21

By Magdalena A K Muir, Advisory Board Member, Climate

Very many participants (likely over 400 persons) attended the successful Oceans Day at the Rio Pavillion, which was co-organized by the Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC) with the Global Oceans. 

On behalf of EUCC, Magdalena Muir was in charge of VIP  guests and assisted throughout. From October 1st to 5th, 2015,  Magdalena also discussed EUCC’s coastal, marine and climate activities with other COP 21 participants and with members of the public at the Oceans Day booth, and with participants throughout the COP 21 site.

Christine Clus-Auby, Carlos Ley, Fátima Lopes Alves; and Iker Castege attended Oceans Day on behalf of EUCC Atlantic Centre.

Oceans Day

Overall, forty-six partners were involved in the organization of the Oceans Day at COP 21 at all stages of the process:  providing financial and in-kind support,  preparing the Policy Brief and drafting recommendations; and for the overall operation and conduct of the Oceans Day.
For running the Oceans Day most effectively, the Global Oceans Forum indicated it was particularly thankful to:  1) the UNESCO IOC team:  Julian Barbiere, Rejane Hervé-Smadja, Vinicius Lindoso, Kirsten Isensee, Anne-Marie Asselin, Wondifran Getinet, Aya Khalil, Silvia Mendes Freire, William Ovellette, Emilia Tapaninen; 2) the Rio Conventions Pavilion team: David Ainsworth, Anna Leacock, Shay Clark, Anne-Sophie Roux, Sebastian Rodriguez, Anne Vazzoler;  3) Magdalena Muir (EUCC); 4) the Earth Negotiations Bulletin team: Kate Louw, Jennifer Lenhart, Olivia Freeman, Melanie Ashton, and Franz Dejon; 5) World Ocean Network: Philippe Vallette, Manuel Cira, Iwona Gin, Amaury Janny, Gaëlle L’Hermitte, Christine Causse, Benoit Theau; 6) Richard Delaney (Center for Coastal Studies); 7) Cassandra De Young (FAO); 8) Hiroshi Terashima, Miko Maekawa, and Masanori Kobayashi (OPRI-SPF, Japan); 9) Dorothee Herr (IUCN); 10) Carol Turley and Thecla Keizer (PML).
Preparation of the Oceans Day at COP 21 also greatly benefited from the close cooperation between this effort and the Ocean and Climate Platform’s work on the Ocean and Climate Forum held on December 3, 2015 (with special thanks to Ludovic Frère Escoffier, André Abreu, Francoise Gaill, Romain Troublé, Catherine Chabaud, Carole Martinez, and Jean-Ronan Le Pen).

The Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) has a produced a report on Oceans Day at COP 21; please go here for the html version of the report and for extensive photos; an additional report will follow shortly.  Parts of the Oceans Day at COP 21, and  video clips to be posted on the Global Ocean Forum website and partner websites. The World Ocean Network will also produce a short video of Oceans Day. All speaker presentations will be posted on the Global Ocean Forum website for the end of this week. An electronic copy (dec-2-recommendations-on-oceans-and-climate-long) of the Summary of Draft Policy Recommendations document which was distributed in paper copy on December 4.  Work on these recommendations will continue, and support the development of a strategic action plan on oceans and climate.

Subsequent Oceans Events at COP 21

On December 7, 2015, there is further oceans side event on The Importance of Addressing Oceans and Coasts in an Ambitious Agreement at the UNFCCC COP 21, on Monday, 7 December 2015 at 16:45 to 18:15 pm. This is co-organized by the International Coastal and Ocean Organization (Global Ocean Forum),  Government of South Africa, and World Ocean Network. This event will feature a presentation of the main recommendations emanating from the Oceans Day at COP 21 on the major oceans and climate issues.
A short version of the recommendations on climate and oceans for this event is available here (dec-7-recommendations-from-oceans-day-short-version), for having ocean language in the UNFCCC documents ADP currently being negotiated. Prior language on oceans was removed from current draft UNFCCC documents on December 3, 2015, but it is hoped that the success of Oceans Day will assist in the re-introduction of oceans language.
On December 8, 2015, there is a further informal oceans event on The Importance of Addressing Oceans and Coasts in an Ambitious Agreement at the UNFCCC:  Mobilizing Towards Implementation ,  to discuss next steps in the creation of a strategic action plan on oceans and climate and to begin to create “an alliance of the willing” to implement the strategic action plan in the next five years. EUCC will continue to engage in these meetings.

Further information:

An electronic copy of the Speaker Biographies is attached here Oceans Day at COP 21 Speaker Biographies