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Ocean and Climate

World Oceans Day 2015 Celebration
8 June 2015, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

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Stormy skies over planted mangroves, Thailand.

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, H.E. Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Lisa Emelia Svensson, Swedish Ambassador for the Oceans, Seas and Freshwater.

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, recommendations and a call for action will be presented to the heads of state and eminent personalities present on this occasion, including His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco; high representatives of small island states, namely H.E. Tommy E. Remengesau, President of Palau; H.E. Danny Faure, Vice-President of the Seychelles; and H.E. Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados; as well as H.E. Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime affairs and Fisheries.

The messages will underline the ocean’s essential role for the survival of our planet and how crucial an “ambitious” climate agreement is to ensure ocean health, so that it may play its key role in the global climate system while providing potential solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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.

Live streaming (14:00-19:00, GMT +2)

Watch the round tables and high level segment live on 8 June 2015:
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Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Oceans Day

"Climate change is intrinsically linked to ocean change and no single country, however powerful, can tackle its challenges. On this World Oceans Day, I call on Members States, civil society and the private sector to join forces to raise awareness and to promote global action on the importance of the ocean in the global climate system."

Full message: English ǀ Français ǀ Español ǀ Русский ǀ العربية ǀ 中文


09:00 - 10:00: Opening Ceremony
Room I

12:30    Press conference


14:00 - 16:45   Plenary Session
Room I

  • 14:30-15:15   Round Table 1
    The Ocean in the Climate System
  • 15:15-16:00   Round Table 2
    Impacts of a Changing Climate on the Ocean and Society
  • 16:00-16:45   Round Table 3
    The Ocean as Part of the Solution? - Aspects of Governance

17:30-19:00   High Level Segment
Room I

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