In honor of the United Nations World Oceans Day, celebrated each year on June 8th 2015, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) will organize a full day dedicated to the ocean and its link to the climate system. This event will bring together scientific, political decision-makers and members of the civil society. Several workshops and plenary sessions are planned focusing on the impacts of climate change on the ocean and its essential role into the phenomenon.
Organized in the lead-up to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), this event aims to mobilize several stakeholders working on the topic in order to bring out actions and strategies to mitigate climate change and its socioeconomic impacts. Key recommendations from World Oceans Day will be transmitted to the negotiating parties, experts and observers attending the Bonn Climate Change Conference in June, in preparation of COP21. The messages will underline how crucial an “ambitious” Paris Agreement is to ensure ocean health.