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Expert Panel on Ocean Acidification

3 September 2009 | UN Headquarters, New York, US

UN (Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea) and UN Foundation

UN Headquarters, New York, USThe Expert Panel on Ocean Acidification took place at UN Headquarters in New York on 3 September 2009. The event was organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, and the UN Foundation.

The aim of the meeting was to increase awareness and highlight options to avoid adverse impacts of ocean acidification on marine life and ecosystems by bringing together key stakeholders working on oceans and seas, climate change and sustainable development. The panel included senior officials and experts, and the panel’s presentations were followed by an interactive discussion focused on potential international cooperation, possible policies and actions by the international community, and steps to raise public awareness. The event was scheduled just weeks before the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Event on Climate Change and also in the lead-up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. More information.

Harlan Cohen, Advisor on Ocean Governance, Global Marine Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
L-R: Patricio Bernal, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission; Melinda Kimble, Senior Vice President, UN Foundation; Thomas Lovejoy, Biodiversity Chair at the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment; Dessima Williams, Permanent Representative of Grenada to the UN and current AOSIS chair; and Ken Caldeira, Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institute for Science
Participants in the Delegates Dining Room at UN Headquarters, where the event took place.
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