EUCC supporting invitation to Government of Morocco to host Oceans Day at COP 22 in formal zone in Marrakech

By Magdalena A K Muir, Advisory Board Member, Climate and Global Change

Please find attach the invitation sent to the Government of Morocco to host Oceans Day at COP 22 in the formal zone in Marrakech.

EUCC was very active at COP 21 in Paris. EUCC will be similarly active within and supporting coastal and oceans issues at COP 22 in Marrakech in November 2016.

For example, Ms. Muir will be a nominated delegate with the Global Oceans Forum on the behalf of EUCC for oceans events in Morocco.

Further news and information will be posted in the coming months prior to COP22, with a focus on climate, coasts and oceans.

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H.E. Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Foreign Affairs, President of COP 22

H.E. Dr. Hakima El Haite, Minister Delegate in Charge of Environment, Morocco, and High Level Champion for Climate Action

H.E. Mr. Abdeladim Lhafi, COP 22 Commissioner

H.E. Mr. Omar Hilale, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations

Dear H.E. Minister Mezouar, H.E. Minister El Haite, H.E. Mr. Lhafi, H.E. Mr. Hilale:

First, we wish to congratulate you on the hosting of the UNFCCC COP 22 in Marrakech, and pledge our collaboration to make COP 22 a great success, moving to effective implementation of the landmark commitments the global community of nations agreed to at COP 21 in Paris.

We write especially to kindly invite you to consider hosting the Oceans Day at COP 22 in the formal zone of the COP, during one day of the COP.   We would prepare, organize, and carry out the Oceans Day activities, in collaboration with your government and other governments around the world.  The Oceans Day at COP 22 would present tangible opportunities and plans for advancing climate change mitigation in the context of oceans (over 70% of the Earth), and of 183 coastal and SIDS nations.  The Oceans Day at COP 22 would be closely coordinated with other ocean events, both in the blue and red zones, including those organized by the 70-member Ocean and Climate Platform, to achieve maximum impact.

By way of background, at COP 21 in Paris, there was great mobilization on oceans by many governments, international organizations, NGOs, and others, featuring over 100 events on oceans, both in the formal zone and in the civil society zone.  The Oceans Day at COP 21, held on December 4, 2016, brought together heads of state and 400 other high-level leaders around the world to:

–Highlight the major climate and oceans issues, with emphasis on the impacts on the most vulnerable peoples and ecosystems, and to suggest next steps, both within and outside the UNFCCC framework

–Engage high level political leaders to move forward on the major climate and oceans issues and solutions

–Mobilize collaboration in the development of a five-year strategic plan on oceans and climate to guide policy and action (please see the links found at the bottom of this message).

The climate action coalition and leading initiative on all aspects of oceans and climate that was spawned at COP 21 is now working to begin implementation of a set of specific recommendations on oceans and climate, related to mitigation, adaptation, financing, displacement, and capacity development, agreed to at the Oceans Day at COP 21 (see Dec 2 Recommendations on Oceans and Climate:
https://globaloceanforumdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/dec-2-recommendations-on-oceans-and-climate-long.docx.

This work corresponds well with the Road Map for Global Climate Action, recently issued by the two high-level champions of global climate action, H.E, Ambassador Laurence Tubiana and H.E. Minister Delegate Hakima El Haite.

As a nation fronting both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, we are fully aware of and are very appreciative of your strong commitment to sustainable oceans and to ensuring that coastal and SIDS communities around the world have the capacity and the resources needed to avoid the adverse  consequences of climate change and to achieve equitable and just sustainable development as called for in Agenda 2030, especially regarding Sustainable Development Goal 14 on oceans and seas.

We very much hope you will respond favorably to host the Oceans Day at COP 22 in the formal zone of the COP.  We would like to suggest a conference call in the next two weeks, if possible, to discuss possible modalities for the Oceans Day at COP 22.

With sincere appreciation and sending best wishes,

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

H.E. Dr. Caleb Otto, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Palau to the United Nations

H.E. Dr. Angus Friday, Ambassador of Grenada to the United States, Mexico, and the Organisation of American States

Ms. Hrund Hafsteinsdottir, Deputy Chief Negotiator for Climate, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Iceland

Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain, President, Global Ocean Forum, on behalf of the 46 co-organizers of Oceans Day at COP 21

Cc:  Key supporters of the Oceans Day

Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, and Mr. Julian Barbiere, Head of Marine Policy, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), UNESCO

Mr. Andre Abreu, Francoise Gaill, and Mr. Ludovic Frere Escoffier, the Ocean and Climate Platform (70 organizations)

Mr. Takehiro Nakamura, UN Environment Programme

Mr. Hiroshi Terashima, Ocean Policy Research Institute, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan

Ms. Paula Caballero, Ms. Valerie Hickey, World Bank

Mr. Tiago Pitta e Cunha, Oceanario de Lisboa, Portugal

Mr. Frank Scheweikert, the German Ocean Foundation

Ms Magdalena A K Muir, the Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC)

Links related to the Oceans Day at COP 21

Final Oceans Day at COP 21 Program: https://globaloceanforumdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/final-oceans-day-at-cop-21-program.pdf

ENB Summary Report of Oceans Day at COP 21:
http://www.iisd.ca/download/pdf/sd/enbplus186num7e.pdf

IISD Coverage of Oceans Day at COP 21:
http://www.iisd.ca/climate/cop21/cbd-rcp/4dec.html

Dec 1, 2015, Recommendations on Oceans and Climate:
https://globaloceanforumdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/dec-2-recommendations-on-oceans-and-climate-long.docx.

Oceans Day at COP 21 – List of Participants:
https://globaloceanforumdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/list-of-participants-and-speakers.pdf

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