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Delegates from Palau

Oceans Day, the fourth day of the RCP at the UNFCCC COP21, convened on Friday, 4 December 2015, in Paris, France. Hosted by the Global Ocean Forum, Oceans Day aimed to advance the climate and ocean agenda by achieving four major objectives: highlighting major climate and ocean issues and their impacts on vulnerable peoples and ecosystems, and suggesting steps forward; fostering political leadership, and moving forward on the major climate and oceans solutions by engaging high-level leaders from around the world; catalyzing and sharing solutions as part of the global portfolio of actions; and, mobilizing collaboration in developing a five-year strategic plan on oceans and climate to guide policy and action.

Six panel sessions were convened, including on: challenges and opportunities in the context of climate and oceans; addressing the effects of climate change on oceans and on coastal and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) populations; mitigation and the oceans; adaptation and financing for adaptation; capacity development, scientific monitoring, and public education; and bringing it all together: a five-year agenda for action.

The high-level segment included addresses from Prince Albert II of Monaco, Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation, and Ségolène Royal, French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.

Two videos were screened. The first was titled ‘The Nature of People,’ which focused on how coastal communities are adapting to a changing climate. The second, titled ‘Moana Rua: The Rising of the Seas,’ aims to explore the human dimension of climate change, using the arts to portray climate change challenges, while stressing the urgency of addressing climate change for Pacific Islanders.

Oceans Day closed with a reception.

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Oceans Day at COP 21

Setting the Stage:
The Climate and Oceans Context — Challenges and Opportunities

Ronald Jumeau, Ambassador, Climate Change and Small Island Developing State Issues, Seychelles

Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)



Tommy Remengesau, President, Palau


Hans Hoogeveen, Director General for Agriculture and Nature, the Netherlands

Catherine Novelli, Department of State, US

Achmad Poernomo, Senior Advisor on Public Policy for the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesia


Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of Environment, Peru


Biliana Cicin-Sain, President, Global Ocean Forum



Addressing the Effects of Climate Change on Oceans and on Coastal and SIDS Populations:
The Scientific Evidence, Scenarios, and Choices for Decision Makers

L-R: Angus Friday, Ambassador of Grenada to the US, and Yuriko Koike, Member, House of Representatives, Japan


Michel Jarraud, Secretary General, World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, CBD Secretariat


L-R: Helena Semedo, Deputy Director General, FAO; Michel Jarraud, Secretary General, WMO; Angus Friday, Ambassador of Grenada to the US; Yuriko Koike, Member, House of Representatives, Japan; David King, Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change, UK;
and Carol Turley, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK


Angus Friday, Ambassador of Grenada to the US

Helena Semedo, Deputy Director General, FAO


David King, Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change, UK

Carol Turley, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK

Hans-Otto Pörtner, Co-Chair, Working Group II, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and University of Bremen


Film Screening

Film screening of 'The Nature of People,' a film by The Nature Conservancy (TNC)


Mitigation and the Oceans


Heremoana Mamaatuaiahutapu, Minister of Environment and Culture, French Polynesia

Monde Mayekiso, Deputy Director-General, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa


Dorothée Herr, IUCN

Inger Andersen, Director General, IUCN


Edmund Hughes, International Maritime Organization

Rawleston Moore, GEF

José Filipe Moraes Cabral, Ambassador, Portugal


Brian Murray, Duke University

Greg Hunt, Minister for the Environment, Australia


Adaptation and Financing for Adaptation

L-R: Hashali Hamukuaya, Executive Secretary, Benguela Current Commission; Maria Damanaki, TNC; Luke Daunivalu, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Fiji; Paula Caballero, World Bank; Meg Taylor, Secretary-General, Pacific Island Forum Secretariat, and Pacific Ocean Commissioner;
and Raphael Bille, Secretariat of the Pacific Community


L-R: Paula Caballero, World Bank and Meg Taylor, Secretary-General, Pacific Island Forum Secretariat,
and Pacific Ocean Commissioner


Raphael Bille, Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Ngedikes Olai Uludong, Ambassador to the EU, and Ambassador on Climate Change, Palau

Luke Daunivalu, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Fiji


Francis Vallat, President, European Network of Maritime Clusters

Maria Damanaki, TNC

Angus Garrett, Seafish, UK



Special Addresses

Prince Albert II of Monaco



Mary Robinson
, President, Mary Robinson Foundation

Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development
and Energy, France



Capacity Development, Scientific Monitoring and Public Education


L-R: Philippe Vallette, Director General, Nausicaá the French National Sea Center, and, Co-President, World Ocean Network,
and Lisa Svensson, Ambassador for Oceans, Seas and Fresh Water, Sweden


L-R: José Soares dos Santos, Fundação Franciso Manuel dos Santos, Portugal; Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, IOC, UNESCO;
Philippe Vallette, Director General, Nausicaá the French National Sea Center, and, Co-President, World Ocean Network; Lisa Svensson,
Ambassador for Oceans, Seas and Fresh Water, Sweden; Samuel Kame-Domguia, African Union Commission; and Hiroshi Terashima,
President, Ocean Policy Research Institute, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan


Samuel Kame-Domguia, African Union Commission

Hiroshi Terashima, President, Ocean Policy Research Institute, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan

José Soares dos Santos, Fundação Franciso Manuel dos Santos, Portugal


Sheldon Whitehouse, Senator for Rhode Island, US



John Tanzer
, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) International

Langston James “Kimo” Goree, Founder and Chief Executive, Earth Negotiations Bulletin, Vice-President, Reporting Services and United Nations Liaison, International Institute for Sustainable Development


Bringing it All Together: A Five-Year Agenda for Action

L-R: Catherine Chabaud, President, Innovation Bleues; Romain Troublé, Secretary General, Tara Expeditions; Angus Friday, Ambassador of Grenada to the US; Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP; Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO; John Pundari, Minister for Environment and Conservation and Climate Change, Papua New Guinea; and Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, GEF


L-R: Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP, and Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO



John Pundari
, Minister for Environment and Conservation and Climate Change, Papua New Guinea

Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, GEF



Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO, and Biliana Cicin-Sain, President, Global Ocean Forum, are presented with
ocean and climate flags to thank them for their efforts in moving the oceans and climate agenda forward.


Film Screening

L-R: Tuilagi Seiuli Allan Alo, Pacific Outreach Coordinator, Polynesia, and
Edward Hviding, University of Bergen, Norway


Participants watching the screening of ‘Moana Rua: The Rising of the Sea.’ The film used the arts to display the power and cultural significance
of the ocean within Pacific communities, and depict how they perceive the impacts of climate change.



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