Oceans Action Day on November 12 at the COPP 22 & Strategic Action Roadmap on Oceans and Climate

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

EUCC is forwarding you the invitation to Oceans Action Day at COP 22 in Marrakech. EUCC is also introducing the Strategic Action Roadmap on Oceans and Climate for 2016 to 2021, which EUCC contributed to.

Oceans Action Day
The Oceans Action Day at COP 22, will  be held on November 12, 2016, at the Blue Zone during the UNFCCC COP 22, Marrakech, Morocco, as part of the UNFCCC Global Climate Action Agenda.   
The Oceans Action Day at COP 22 is organized under the leadership of H.E. Minister Hakima El Haité, High-Level Champion for Climate Change, Morocco, and H.E. Mr. Aziz Akhannouch, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Morocco. The main organizers of Oceans Action Day at COP 22 are the Government of Morocco, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Global Ocean Forum, and the Ocean and Climate Platform. The co-organizers include the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission/UNESCO; the Ocean Policy Research Institute, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan; the Oceano Azul Foundation and Oceanario de Lisboa, Portugal; and the World Bank.
Building on the successes of previous Oceans Days at the UNFCCC COPs, especially the Oceans Day held in Paris in 2015 during the UNFCCC COP 21, the Oceans Action Day at COP 22 will bring together leaders in the UNFCCC negotiations, high-level representatives from governments, intergovernmental/international organizations, and civil society to advance the oceans and climate change agenda at COP 22 and beyond. The major objectives are to:
– Highlight examples of adoption and implementation of the Paris Agreement;
– Lend political support and provide suitable policy options in the implementation of actions on oceans, seas, coasts, and small island developing States (SIDS) issues in the context of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 14 on oceans and seas;
– Connect the oceans, coasts and climate initiatives generated at and following COP 21 with national actions plans, initiatives and commitments, such as the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the SDGs (as called for in the Road Map for Global Climate Action);
– Showcase and promote financial support and capacity development to enable nations to fulfill their NDCs, with special emphasis on oceans, seas and coasts, and on the concerns from SIDS and African States;
– Develop specific next steps for advancing the oceans and climate issues in the UNFCCC process in the next phase, as part of the Road Map for Global Climate Action, and to implement UN SDG 14.
As part of the UNFCCC Global Climate Action Agenda, all presentations at the Oceans Action Day are expected to stress their connection to particular initiatives and actions that will be taken to advance the oceans and climate issues in the context of the UNFCCC. All delegates accredited to the Blue Zone are invited to participate in the Oceans Action Day at COP 22, by registering for the event by Monday, November 7, 2016. 
 
Toward a Strategic Action Roadmap on Oceans and Climate for 2016 to 2021
The Global Ocean Forum will be highlighting the initiative “Toward a Strategic Action Roadmap on Oceans and Climate: 2016-2021″ at the Oceans Action Day at COP 22.  This initiative is based on the Strategic Action Roadmap report prepared by the International Expert Working Group on Oceans and Climate, composed of 37 experts from the 46 partner organizations of the Oceans Day at COP 21, with the coordination and support from the Global Ocean Forum; IOC/UNESCO; UNEP; Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan; and the University of Delaware.  
For each of the major issues within the Strategic Action Roadmap on Oceans and Climate, members of the International Expert Working Group provided: 1) the current status of the issue (and, as relevant, the science related to the issue); 2) the current state of play of the issue within the UNFCCC; 3) the opportunities and pathways that may be available within the UNFCCC to advance the issue in the next five years; 4) the opportunities and pathways that may be available outside of the UNFCCC to advance the issue; and 5) financial considerations regarding each issue.  
Further information:
1. Further information including registration at Global Oceans Forum website https://globaloceanforum.com/
2. Strategic Action Roadmap on Oceans and Climate: 2016 to 2021.
Draft policy recommendations were first discussed at the Oceans Day at COP 21–a high-level event at UNFCCC COP 21 in Paris that brought together over 400 participants to highlight the central importance of oceans as an essential component of human well-being, especially in the 183 coastal and island nations around the world–and then were refined in the months following COP21. This proposed Strategic Action Roadmap on Oceans and Climate: 2016 to 2021 is intended to provide a vision for action regarding oceans and climate in the next five years—with a sense of urgency in the spirit of the landmark Paris Agreement. The Roadmap addresses six ocean and climate issue areas: The central role of oceans in regulating climate, mitigation, adaptation, displacement, financing, and capacity development. Each section presents the scientific and policy groundwork for a set of policy recommendations relevant to the particular issue.
Front Matter and Executive Summary
Introduction
1. The Central Role of Oceans in Planetary Survival and in Human Economic and Social Well-being: Choices for Decision-makers
2. Mitigation
3. Adaptation
4. Displacement
5. Financing
6. Capacity Development
Conclusions and Endnotes
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