In honour of the United Nations World Oceans Day, celebrated each year on 8 June, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) will organize a full day dedicated to the ocean and its link to the climate system. This event will lead up to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21).
The day will be opened by Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, and Ségolène Royale, French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.
With the help of scientific workshops, plenary sessions, and exhibitions, this day will bring together scientists, political decision-makers, civil society and youth to identify, through dialogue, promising ocean-sensitive actions and strategies to mitigate climate change and its socioeconomic impacts.
At the end of the day joint action-oriented recommendations will be presented to the heads of state and United Nations representatives present on this occasion, including His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and high representatives of small island states, including Tommy Remengesau, President of Palau, Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados, and Danny Faure, Vice-President of Seychelles.
The messages will underline the ocean’s essential role for the survival of our planet and how climate change is threatening this role, with potentially disastrous consequences.
Key recommendations from World Oceans Day will be transmitted to the negotiating parties, experts and observers attending the Bonn Climate Change Conference in June, in preparation of COP21.