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2022 UN Biodiversity Conference #COP15

Date: 25 November 2022

The post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework is the most ambitious global plan ever developed for biodiversity and will be the central focus of negotiations at the 15th Convention of Parties of the Convention of Biological Diversity to be held in Montreal, Canada, from 5 – 17 December 2023. A major contribution to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda, the Framework aspires to create a world living in harmony with nature and has an increased focus on marine and coastal biodiversity. Successful implementation of the Framework will require increased investment in the generation and uptake of relevant ocean science and knowledge, and partnerships across diverse groups of actors to transform science and knowledge to scalable action and practical solutions.

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO together with the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, is delighted to be hosting a flagship ocean event at COP15.

An Ocean of Life: Knowledge and Solutions for Marine and Coastal Biodiversity under the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Friday, 16 December  08:30 - 13:00 EST  Rio Conventions Pavilion  Blue Zone

This event will explore the challenges and opportunities to move from knowledge to action in marine and coastal ecosystems in the context of the post-2020 Framework. It will bring together high level speakers from government, science, industry, and philanthropy to explore the data, infrastructure and knowledge needs of different user groups to inform policy and decision making and showcase global solutions for conserving and restoring marine biodiversity in a changing climate.

The event will also launch a major new publication highlighting the role of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development in achieving the ambitions of the post-2020 Framework.

Outline Programme

8:30 – 9:00 Registration and Coffee
9:00 – 9:20 High Level Opening
9:20 – 9:30 Keynote: Status of marine biodiversity and ecosystem services in changing climate
9:30 – 10:45 Session 1: Marine and coastal biodiversity knowledge needs for policy and society

10:45 – 11:15  Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:30 Session 2: Solutions for conserving and restoring marine biodiversity in a changing climate
12:30 – 12:45 Priorities for joint action across UN conventions and policy processes to 2030
12:45 – 13:00 High Level Closing

More details to follow soon on speakers and how to watch the livestream!

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