Oceans Action Day at COP 22 12 November 2016 | Marrakesh, Morocco

By Magdalena A K Muir, Advisory Board Climate and Global Change, Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC)
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Oceans Action Day at COP 22 is organized by 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.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; and 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.
GLOBAL CLIMATE ACTION EVENT OCEANS 12 November 2016 Programme
The global ocean is fundamental to sustaining life on Earth; it is a major carbon sink, it absorbs heat, and produces half the oxygen we breathe. The ocean is also a major avenue for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals through the development of the Blue Economy. Shipping, fisheries and aquaculture, energy, biotechnology, and mineral and biological extraction already generate USD 3-6 trillion. However, climate change is having profound, diverse, and regionally disproportionate impacts, on ocean ecosystems and the services they provide. Considerable capacity development and financing are required to cohesively address the challenges of climate change, especially those on coastal and small island populations. 
COP 21 highlighted the importance of oceans in the climate system through the mobilization of over 150 parties and 40 ocean-related events. COP 22 will translate mobilization into action, with an adaptation and mitigation agenda that includes innovative and ambitious measures, supported by matching financing mechanisms and capacity development packages. 
This Global Action Event will showcase how the world is tackling climate change impacts on oceans, seas, and coastal and island contexts. Its purpose is to review initiatives launched in COP 21 as part of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda, announce new initiatives, with multi-national and multi-stakeholder contributions to the solution space, and kick start a new way of linking ocean conservation and development agendas
. The Oceans Global Action Event will culminate in an Outcome Document, which will make the following key recommendations: 
1. Support the World Bank (WB)- African Development Bank (AfDB)- Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) package on Ocean economy and climate change in Africa; 
2. Support the implementation of the Morocco-FAO Blue Belt initiative; 
3. Encourage innovation in the design and implementation of adaptation and mitigation measures at household, local, national and regional levels involving public and private sectors (technology/science solutions, insurance schemes, etc.); 
4. Reiterate the importance of healthy ocean ecosystems in the adaptation to and mitigation of climate change impacts and highlighting the need to support countries in achieving SDG 14. 
The Oceans Global Action Event is co-organised by the Government of Morocco; Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; Global Ocean Forum; Ocean and Climate Platform
This showcase event will feature high-level political leaders from around the world, heads of international agencies, NGOs, technical/policy experts, and private sector representatives 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 islands developing States (SIDS) issues in the context of the Paris Agreement and the 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 fulfil 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.
Further Information:

Programme, found at weblink below

Resource for the Oceans Action Day

 
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage,  http://www.iisd.ca/climate/cop22/oceans-action-day/
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