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Join UNESCO's IOC at the Climate COP27 (Sharm el-Sheikh)

Date: 17 October 2022

From 6 to 18 November, Heads of State, ministers and negotiators, along with climate activists, mayors, civil society representatives and CEOs will meet in the Egyptian coastal city of Sharm el-Sheikh for the largest annual gathering on climate action.

The COP27 summit will build on the outcomes of COP26 to deliver action on an array of issues critical to tackling the climate emergency – from urgently reducing greenhouse gas emissions, building resilience and adapting to the inevitable impacts of climate change, to delivering on the commitments to finance climate action in developing countries. 

Faced with a growing energy crisis, record greenhouse gas concentrations, and increasing extreme weather events, COP27 seeks renewed solidarity between countries, to deliver on the landmark Paris Agreement, for people and the planet. 

We will be present in Sharm-el-Sheikh and also through the Virtual Ocean Pavilion.

Join us at COP27 to highlight the important role of ocean science in unlocking climate action!

See below a list of key IOC events during the summit (to be updated regularly):

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*All times in GMT+2


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Global Leadership on Blue Carbon: Keys to Success

Tuesday, 8 November | 11:00-12:00 | Nature Pavilion, Blue Zone

A joint event with the Blue Carbon Initiative (CI, IUCN and IOC-UNESCO) and the International Partnership for Blue Carbon (IPBC) highlighting blue carbon leadership and initiatives globally and sharing best practices from both blue carbon policy and project level developments.

Ocean Decade Africa Roadmap

Tuesday 8 November | 12:00- 13.30 | Ocean Pavilion, Blue Zone

This event will amplify the visibility of the Ocean Decade Africa Roadmap that has been produced during a multi-year participatory process with hundreds of stakeholders across the continent. The Roadmap identifies nine priority actions for ocean science in Africa and discusses the resources, capacity and partnerships needed to ensure its successful implementation.

This hour long event in the first ever Ocean Pavilion at a UNFCCC COP will focus on raising visibility of the importance of the Ocean Decade in Africa. It will explore innovative solutions in the context the Roadmap to ensure that ocean science can be effectively generated and used for climate action.

This event is in partnership with the Egyptian National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (NIOF).

Ocean Knowledge for Climate Resilience

Tuesday, 8 November | 14:30-15:30 | Bellona Pavilion, Blue Zone

Healthy coastal and marine ecosystems have a vital role to play in climate mitigation and adaptation, particularly in vulnerable regions across Africa and SIDS. When used in conjunction with other resilience solutions, sustainable restoration and management of marine and ocean ecosystems will allow them to contribute to resilience objectives, and also generate significant social, ecological and economic co-benefits. This event will look at the factors hindering the ability of ecosystems to fully play their role in climate adaptation and mitigation. It will explore the role of multi-partner initiatives and frameworks to address these gaps at different scales.

This event is in partnership with The Research Council of Norway and UNEP.

Cocktail Reception

Tuesday, 8 November | 19:00-21:00 | Resilience Pavilion, Blue Zone


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Communicating Ocean Science for Climate Action

Wednesday, 9 November | 15:45-16:45 | UNESCO Pavilion, Green Zone

Despite the indisputable importance of the role of the ocean in climate adaptation and mitigation, the ocean science community has faced challenges in its attempts to effectively communicate critical aspects of the ocean-climate nexus to diverse audiences. This event will allow sharing of experience between the ocean and climate science communicator communities, with the aim of identifying best practices and pitfalls to avoid, thus accelerating thinking and tools that can be used to communicate ocean science for climate action.

This event is in partnership with Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Comms Inc.

International finance opportunities: Gaps and needs for ocean-based climate action towards implementing SDG14.3.

Wednesday, 9 November | 16:00-17:00 | Pacific Pavilion, Blue Zone

There is increasing urgency that nations achieve goals and commitments to reducing GHG and carbon emissions as well as support ongoing efforts to implement SDG 14.3, “to minimize and address impacts of ocean acidification.” Government and non-government actors can implement actions that mitigate and adapt to climate risks including ocean warming, acidification, deoxygenation. This requires concerted and urgent action across governments, and non-governmental organizations from national to local scales, including coastal communities, industry, and regional policy bodies to assess ocean-climate risks, measure coastal change and establish meaningful adaptation and resilience strategies.

This side event will highlight the science, policy, vulnerability assessment tools and funding mechanisms that are needed to be cumulatively leveraged to achieve this step change.

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Ocean Science for Climate Action in the framework of the Ocean Decade

Thursday, 10 November | 10:30-12:00 | Ocean Pavilion, Blue Zone

Key conclusions of the first Ocean Climate Dialogue held in June 2022 included strong recognition of the fact that a whole of society approach is needed for ocean-climate action and governance, and that available science and knowledge need to be used and improved to achieve action. This event will provide a space for discussion of the importance of the science-policy-society interface to translate ocean science to effective climate action. It will explore key gaps and challenges and provide examples of innovative solutions that are underway via the Ocean Decade.

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Ocean Acidification in the Seas and Oceans off Canada: another reason for enhancing the ambition for urgent CO2 emissions reduction

Thursday, 10 November | 11:15-12:15 | Canadian Pavilion, Blue Zone

The event will showcase the Global Ocean Acidification-Observing Network which exemplifies how global collaborative and transnational research can provide a deeper understand of the present & future state of the ocean for policy makers to make evidence-based decisions.

Ocean Observations for Climate Change: From local observations to a global system

Thursday, 10 November | 16:30-18:00 | Ocean Pavilion, Blue Zone

Our vision to build the global ocean observing system is a bold, urgent, and achievable step that we can take to mitigate and adapt to climate change. It is the only way to truly understand whether and for how long the ocean will absorb carbon, and thus protect the planet from the disastrous effects of climate change. We will present a variety of perspectives on ocean observing, from coastal to open ocean and from high latitudes to the tropics and discuss collaboration towards our common vision.

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Ocean acidification, climate and society – mitigation and adaptation opportunities and challenges towards addressing SDG14.3

Friday, 11 November | 09:00-10:00 | IAEA Pavilion, Blue Zone

Rising CO2 is impacting ocean ecosystems and dependent coastal communities worldwide. This event will highlight how action-driven global scientific and cross-sectoral collaboration supports ‘interested parties’ on mitigation, adaptation and preparedness strategies, from local to global, to the combined impacts of ocean warming, acidification and deoxygenation.

Ocean x Climate Summit

Friday, 11 November | 10:00-23:00 | Park Regency Hotel

This all-day Summit will immerse global stakeholders in the importance and potential of the ocean within the climate change narrative, and to support multi stakeholder action for the ocean and all it sustains.

 2022 GCOS Implementation Plan

Friday, 11 November | 12:15-13:15 | Science for Climate Action Pavilion, Blue Zone

The 2022 GCOS Implementation Plan will be presented. The session will highlight the priority activities that need to be undertaken in the next 5-10 years to improve the observing system and the major implementers which will be responsible for their implementation.


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Ocean acidification adaptation and resilience in Africa

Saturday, 12 November | 09:00-10:00 | IAEA Pavilion, Blue Zone

Coastal communities in many African countries rely heavily on the sea for economic, social, and nutritional services. Ocean acidification has the potential to negatively affect marine ecosystems important to these communities. The losses would be alarming for the African continent. The IAEA is working with local, regional and international partners to understand and undress potential impacts and solutions to ocean acidification in Africa.

Ocean change: Adaptation and mitigation opportunities and challenges

Saturday, 12 November | 10:30-11:30 | Ocean Pavilion, Blue Zone

This side event will provide a platform to explore the opportunities & challenges for nations and stakeholders related to observing and understanding ocean change; local & regional adaptation mechanisms to a rapidly changing ocean; including the conservation and restoration of carbon rich ecosystems, the safe implementation of ocean carbon dioxide removal technologies; and climate smart ocean management for supporting sustainable development and protecting ocean life and those that depend on it.

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Financing Ocean Science for Climate Action in the framework of the Ocean Decade

Saturday, 12 November | 16:30-17:45 | Moroccan Pavilion, Blue Zone

A key focus of COP27 will be on tangible actions, partnerships and initiatives – including financing – to implement the commitments made by parties to the UNFCCC with a specific focus on the needs of Africa and Small Island Developing States. This event will explore the challenges faced in financing and supporting ocean science for climate action, with a focus on Africa, and present examples and experience in innovative and diverse financing and resource mobilisation approaches that could be adapted for implementation by diverse partners in Africa in the context of the Ocean Decade.

This event is in partnership with the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment.    

The power of inter-agency cooperation to scale up ocean-climate action: Case studies, challenges and opportunities

Saturday, 12 November | 18:30-20:00 | Side Event Room 3, Blue Zone

This side event will provide a platform for world experts engaged with UN-Oceans to showcase ambitious science-based initiatives for ocean-climate action that are accessible, replicable, scalable and sustainable. It will also provide an opportunity to engage policymakers and understand opportunities to strengthen future action.

This event is organized in partnership with UN OceansUN-DOALOSIOC-UNESCOUNFCCC and UNEP.


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Partnerships to accelerate action to protect blue carbon ecosystems for mitigation and adaptation

Tuesday, 15 November | 13:15-14:45 | Thutmose Room, Blue Zone

This side event is part of the official Conference programme and aims at demonstrating how partnerships across different sectors are key to driving credible action for the protection of blue carbon ecosystems (mangroves, seagrasses, tidal marshes), contributing to climate change mitigation, adaptation, biodiversity, ocean economies and livelihoods of coastal communities. 

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Responding to Ocean Deoxygenation: Using what the science tells us to motivate policy and management action

Wednesday, 16 November | 09:00-10:30 |  Ocean Pavilion, Blue Zone

Calling all leaders and decision-makers who work on ocean-climate issues! Let’s talk about ocean deoxygenation (the decline in dissolved oxygen levels occurring throughout the world’s oceans). Here, expert panelists will summarize the effects of ocean deoxygenation on organisms and ecosystems, followed by a discussion of key policy and management actions that can be taken for mitigation and adaption. At the end of the panel, there will be time dedicated for audience feedback and a Q & A session.

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Ocean Action Day: Ocean for Climate - Implementing ocean-based climate action to build coastal adaptation and resilience.

Wednesday, 16 November | 10:00-12:00 |  Action Room 1, Climate Action Zone

In line with COP27 priorities, the event will take a deep dive on effective implementation, sustainable financing, mitigation, as well as adaptation and resilience solutions. It will specifically focus on the African continent, where people and ecosystems are at the forefront of climate impacts. The session will feature two panels: (1) Scaling-up coastal adaptation and resilience responses and (2) Financing ocean and coastal action. 

Ocean acidification: what is happening in our ocean and why this matters

Wednesday, 16 November | 15:00-16:30 | Ocean Pavilion, Blue Zone

As the ocean absorbs more and more carbon dioxide, it becomes more acidic. This impacts on all marine life, especially organisms like oysters and corals that make hard shells and skeletons by combining calcium and carbonate from seawater. This event aims to explain what is happening in our ocean, the importance of continual monitoring and the true impacts changes could have on our planet.

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Blue Carbon Implementation Lab

Wednesday, 16 November | 15:00-16:30 | Action Room 2, Climate Action Zone

The Blue Carbon Implementation Lab will explore the innovative projects, policies and partnerships successfully achieving high-quality outcomes for climate, communities and biodiversity in and around blue carbon ecosystems globally and the remaining challenges to their implementation.

Closing Ceremony of the Virtual Ocean Pavilion

Wednesday, 16 November | 16:00-17:30 | Virtual Ocean Pavilion

This closing event of the COP27 Virtual Ocean Pavilion will look to discuss the collaborative and cooperative approaches that are being used to progress the ocean in the climate, biodiversity and sustainable development agendas considering the outcomes and expectations from the major ocean events of 2022. It will include high level interventions, personal experiences and messages across the age spectrum and give examples of collaborative undertakings at the local to global level. Lastly the session will review the role and success of this COP27 Virtual Ocean Pavilion in engaging and reaching out to those not able to attend COP27, indeed in its role of democratizing the ocean at COP27 and promoting unity and inclusivity.

Public-private partnerships on ocean literacy at the ocean and climate nexus

Wednesday, 16 November | 18:00-20:00 | Italian Pavilion, Blue Zone

The event will feature, Francesca Santoro, Senior Programme Officer IOC-UNESCO for Ocean Literacy, Frank Meyer, CEO of E.ON Italy, Alessandro Armillotta, CEO of AWorld, and Patricia Furtado, founder of Acqua Mater. The event will showcase the partnerships established between IOC-UNESCO and the private sector to advance ocean literacy globally. 




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