Join us for the Ocean for Climate Days at COP22!

Give the Ocean a voice during COP22!  

The Ocean & Climate Platform and its partners will attend COP22 from November 7 to 17 to raise awareness among the general public, decision-makers, social-economic stakeholders and the scientific community about the major role of oceans in the struggle against climate change.

These many events will be an opportunity to draw high level decision makers and climate stakeholders’ attention toward the necessity to include the ocean in the implementation of the Paris Agreement by reinforcing knowledge of the links between ocean and climate, by supporting ocean initiatives for mitigation and adaptation to climate change and by adopting measures, specific to most vulnerable territories. 

COP21 - Forum Ocean et climat, le 03 dŽcembre 2015 au Bourget

COP21 – Ocean and Climate Forum, December 3 – 2015 in Bourget, Paris

Key events :

  • November 11: The Ocean & Climate Forum hosted by the Ocean & Climate Platform in collaboration with the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and Global Ocean Forum. It will begin the “Ocean” thematic day in the Civil Society Green Zone.

9.00 – 9.10 : Registration 

9.10 – 9.30 : Opening speech  

9.30 – 10.15 : From the Paris Agreement to Action

Mitigation and Adaptation : What are the initiatives to develop Ocean & Climate actions ? 

Edmund HUGHES, International Maritime Organization
Antidia CITORES, Surfrider Foundation Europe
Dorothée HERR, Manager, Oceans and Climate Change, International Union for Conservation of Nature
Kathy McLeod, The Nature Conservancy
Marie-Aude SEVIN, Responsable des relations institutionnelles et du mécénat, Agence des Aires Marines Protégées
Abdelmalek FARAJ, Directeur, Institut National de Recherche Halieutique
Dina IONESCO, Head Migration, Environment and Climate Change International Organization for Migration (IOM)

10.15 – 11.00 : Science

Scientific questions, lacuna and research initiatives to better understand the links between Ocean and Climate and to guide actions

Françoise GAILL, CNRS and Coordinator of the scientific committee of the Ocean and Climate Plateform
Vladimir RYABININ, Executive Secretary, IOC-UNESCO
Lisa LEVIN, Scripps
Elva ESCOBAR, Institute oceanography and limnology, UNAM Mexico
Patricia RICARD, Présidente, Institut Océanographique Paul Ricard

11.00 – 11.30 : Youth

Give voice to Youth regarding the solutions the ocean could offer against climate change in terms of adaptation and mitigation. Also, listen to their point of view regarding political and economic progress. 

Claire BERTIN et Romain SCHUMM, FACT-O / Youth for Ocean
Simon BERNARD et Séverine MICHALAK, lauréats du POC Challenge
Robert BUNET, lauréat du Take OFF (Take Ocean For Futur)

11.30 – 12.25 : An Ocean Coalition 

What are the convergences between States and Non Govermental Actors regarding Ocean issues ? How to include the Ocean in State contributions and the Action Agenda?

Waldemar COUTTS, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chile
Véronique MASSENET, Counselor of the COP21 President
Rapahaël CUVELIER, Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco
Julian BARBIERE, COI-Unesco
Richard DELANEY, Global Ocean Forum
Ludovic FRERE ESCOFFIER, Ocean and Climate Plateform
Christy GOLDFUSS, Managing director, White House Council on Environmental Quality

12.25 – 12.30 : Closing session

Register here


  • November 12: the Oceans Action Day, hosted by the government of Morocco, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, FAO, the Global Ocean Forum and the Ocean & Climate Platform, will be the official Ocean day in the UNFCCC Global Action Agenda. For program and registration visit:
  • November 14: Because the Ocean signatory States are pursuing their mobilization. After signing the declaration for better consideration of oceans in climate negotiations on the brink of COP21 in Paris, the 23 signatory States of the “Because the Ocean” declaration will disclose additional commitments, to reinforce the position of oceans in the implementation of the Paris Agreement (Invitation only event) Contact:

Download the full program of the OceanforClimate days, click here

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