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19 Dec 2018
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Learn about the most important ocean-related discussions that took place during COP24.

The 24th Conference Of the Parties took place in Katowice, Poland, during the first half of December 2018. Negotiators from 196 countries and the European Union worked for two weeks on the Katowice Climate Package, implementing the Paris Agreement.

Among the many related initiatives, the role of the ocean on climate change was also addressed during the Oceans Action Day on 8 December, part of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action.

Participants at Oceans Action Day heard presentations from over 50 speakers, including UN Special Envoys and Champions, ministers, ambassadors, and representatives from governments, civil society, academia and the private sector. Discussions, debate and presentations highlighted issues linking the ocean and its resources to climate change adaptation and mitigation, food security, disaster risk reduction, trade, scientific research, finance, and displacement and migration.

Participants also considered aspects of the report of the Roadmaps to Oceans and Climate Action (ROCA) Initiative on Assessing Progress on Ocean and Climate Action: 2018, which will be issued officially following COP 24.

Looking into the future, Peter Thomson, the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, said the second UN Ocean Conference in 2020 should focus on action and funding needed to address risks to the ocean as they relate to climate change.

In this video, prepared by World Ocean Network, you can have a look of some of the key ideas defended by the speakers.

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