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TimeLocationEvent TitleHosting Organizations(s)/ CountryContact Name / emailShort Description
Monday, December 2nd
14.30 – 15.30Moana Blue Pacific PavilionInnovating for Ocean ProtectionUltra Marine Ocean Action SummitJeremy McKane
Highlight on Tech Innovators and an unusual grouping of people focused on protecting 30% by 2030.
16.30 - 17.30French PavilionOcean for Climate: Moving from Science to PolicyOcean and Climate Platform, Because the Ocean, International Alliance to Combat Ocean AcidificationLoreley Picourt
This is a High-level event to launch the Blue COP and showcase the strong political commitment of countries such as France and Spain to the ocean and climate nexus. The Ocean and Climate Platform will also introduce its latest policy recommendations for “a healthy ocean, a protected climate”, which focus on four key challenges: Mitigation, Adaptation, Science and Sustainable Finance
17.00 – 18.00Moana Blue Pacific PavilionFriends of the Ocean & Climate – Ocean in the UNFCCCGovernment of FijiKushaal Raj
Update on Ocean issues and text for negotiations
18.30 - 20.00Side Event Room 6Nature-Based Solutions: Integrating Coastal Ecosystems in 2020 NDCsGovernment of Seychelles, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Nature ConservancyCourtney Durham
Event will serve as a platform for countries to highlight their ambitions to include coastal wetlands/blue carbon in their next NDC.
Tuesday, December 3rd
11.15 – 12.15Moana Blue Pacific PavilionDiving into the oceans financing knowledge gapStockholm Environment Institute (SEI)Aaron Atteridge
The Aid Atlas online platform developed by SIE reveals: The data existing on development finance gives only a very limited picture of the finance that goes into achieving critical development goals related to oceans, even though a complete picture is sorely needed particularly in the Pacific region.
13.15 – 14.45Conference Room 25Platform of Science-based Ocean SolutionsGovernment of ChileRosana Garay Maldonado rgaraym@minrel.gob.clChile seizes the COP25 as a stage to raise the importance of the link between ocean and climate change, promoting the inclusion of an ocean component in climate action. To this end, the Blue COP will mark a milestone where existing initiatives in oceanic matters can make available their science-based as well as practical evidence.
15.00 – 16.30WWF PavilionThe Ocean, Climate and Biodiversity: the evidence is clear for raising ambitionPlymouth Marine Laboratory, WWF Arctic Programme & BNP ParibasCarol Turley
The objective of this event is to highlight a) the importance of the ocean and its biodiversity to life on Earth, b) the risk of climate change to its amazing biodiversity and to society c) options for actions to reduce risk and raise ambition for climate mitigation and d) the need for the ocean and its ecosystems to be an integral part of the implementation of the Paris Agreement
16.45 - 18.15Side Event Room 2Ecological Protection and Renewable Energy Transition in the Belt & RoadAll China Environment Federation (ACEF), Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center (PBV) Yao Ni (ACEF)

Emilie McGlone
Share solutions for land & ocean to simultaneously promote renewable energy transition & ecological protection, like solar for solar mode, flagship for renewable energy & marine protection. Concrete cases in Belt & Road countries (eg Pakistan, Indonesia) and an action roadmap will be included
17.00 - 18.30UK PavilionEarth Observation and Climate ChangeDefra, UK Met Office, PML, JNCC, NCEOAndrew Carr
A Pole-to-Pole narrative on Earth Observation and how it underpins our response to climate change. Earth Observation has revolutionised our ability to monitor both climatic and environmental systems.
18:00-19:30WWF PavilionMangroves, the NDC Booster: Mangrove Conservation and Restoration to Increase Ambition in Nationally Determined ContributionsThe Global Mangrove Alliance and Save Our Mangroves Now!Karen Douthwaite
The objective of this event is to (1) highlight the ways that mangrove ecosystems and their conservation and restoration can contribute to achieving internationally agreed goals, especially those of climate adaptation and mitigation; (2) Provide policymakers and non-state actors with best practices and tools to inform mangrove conservation efforts and concrete examples of how mangroves can be integrated into more ambitious NDCs and adaptation planning; and (3) Continue to build momentum for countries to consider including mangroves in their revised NDCs.
Wednesday, December 4th
10.00 – 11.00Moana Blue Pacific PavilionImpact of Climate Change on Pacific Blue EconomiesPacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF)Ms. Arpana Pratap
As an Ocean continent the Pacific relies heavily on a healthy ocean for its economy. The side event explores the impact of climate change on this blue economy and measures that need to be taken to protect all the livelihoods dependent on a healthy ocean
11.30 – 12.45UK PavilionOcean, CO2 and Society: challenges, opportunities and science responses for seas and societyPlymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), UK’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (UK DEFRA)Carol Turley
The Ocean is undergoing dramatic change due to climate change but is also a source of adaptation and mitigation responses: this event will showcase how action-driven transdisciplinary science can help understand and manage the challenges placed on the ocean and so improve sustainable development.s
12.30 – 13.30Moana Blue Pacific PavilionIsland Resilience Initiative – tools for monitoring progressPacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF)Mr. Mark Borg

Mr. Viliame Kasanawaqa
The Island Resilience Initiative is currently being implemented in Fiji, Marshall Islands and Palau. An online platform has been developed to support the monitoring of progress of these countries in achieving the objectives of the initiative as contribution towards building resilience and achieving the SDGs.
13.45 – 14.45Moana Blue Pacific PavilionThe IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC): Implications and way forward for ACP Small Island States, Coastal and low-lying zonesAfrican Caribbean & Pacific Secretariat (ACP) SecretariatDr. Pendo Maro

Ms. Francesca Antifora
The side event will discuss the findings of the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) and what this means in terms of adaptation measures for the most vulnerable small islands, low-lying and coastal zones in the ACP regions and communities
13.45 - 15.15Chilean PavilionChile-California: connecting the Pacific Ocean, coastal biological corridor

Chile California CouncilMatias Alcalde
Coastlines will be the most affected due to climate change events, therefore science-based solutions are key for sustainable planning and people's well-being. How can Chile initiate a scientific and social process that creates synergies between the great work done in California's coastlines, to export tools that allow to connect coastal protection from north to south, in the Pacific Ocean biological corridor
16.30 – 18.00EU Pavilion (Room Helsinki)Moving from Science to Action: Ocean-Climate Policy RecommendationBecause the Ocean, Tara Ocean Foundation,
Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco, Scripps, Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Loreley Picourt
At COP25, the Ocean and Climate Platform will release its policy recommendations. This document addresses the urgent actions needed to sustain the ocean-climate-biodiversity nexus around 4 key areas: Mitigation; Adaptation; Science; and Sustainable Finance
16.45 - 18.15Side Event Room 4Carbon Removal and Return – Can CCS Decarbonise Industry in South America and help the oceans?University of Texas at Austin, Bellona Foundation, BHP Billiton SaskPower Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Knowledge Centre Inc., Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA)Katherine Romanak

Anna Serdoner

Michael Monea

Judith Shapiro
PCC SR on Oceans and Cryosphere, Ocean acidification and CO2 removal; CO2 removal, recycling and return with CCS; Project learnings to decarbonize cement; Opportunities for tech transfer; Chile’s policy on CCS on power; sustainable jobs from BECCS in South America, Direct air capture with CCS.
18.30 - 20.00Side Event Room 2Up-Cycling of Plastic Waste to Reduce Environmental Burden and Fishery Resources RestorationTuvalu, Foundation of Taiwan Industry Service (FTIS), Taiwan Institue for Sustainable Energy (TISE)Pepetua E Latasi

Jean Yeh (FTIS)

Yuh Ming Lee (TISE)
This event will highlight a focus on the SDG 14 "Life below Water" by introducing the measures on upcycling of marine plastic waste and the project on the breeding of fish species in response to the impact of coral bleaching caused by the ocean acidification and global warming.
Thursday, December 5th
10.00 – 11.00Moana Blue Pacific PavilionSpecial Report on Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC): A Pacific perspectiveSecretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)Ms. Sylvie Goyet
The release and IPCC approval of the SROCC has special importance for the Pacific region, where Leaders have called for a bold and visionary Blue Pacific strategy. Taking a Pacific perspective, the event will bring together authors and Pacific Leaders to review the relevance of the findings in terms of key priorities for the region, in particular Sea Level Rise, shift in distribution of marine species, reef degradation or blue carbon.
10.00 - 11.00UK PavilionOcean Leadership – navigating synergiesUniversity of EdinburghThe University of Edinburgh is launching an ambitious Edinburgh Ocean Leaders Programme in 2020. Its mission is to accelerate the learning, reach and influence of the most talented young professionals working on solutions for the oceans, and coastal societies. The vision is a globally distributed network of inspirational change-makers.
10.00 - 11.30French PavilionFrom Knowledge to OA Action: Mobilizing Global Leadership to Protect Coastal Communities and Livelihoods from a Changing Ocean- Perspectives from the NE AtlanticInternatilnal Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification,
Ocean and Climate Platform
Jessie Turner
The event will convene government and civil society leaders who are advancing tangible actions that protect coastal communities by addressing regional and local impacts of ocean acidification in the NE Atlantic
11.15 – 12.15Moana Blue Pacific PavilionOcean for ClimateBecause the Ocean (BTO),
Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
Mr. Remi Parmentier
BTO has continued to highlight the ocean-climate connection, encouraging ocean protection as a means of mitigating and adapting to climate change. The event will bring together speakers to share light on some of the key elements of that nexus, including: Ocean energy, blue carbon and fisheries adaptation.
13.30 - 14.30German PavilionOcean Science: From the Arctic MOSAiC Expedition to ocean acidification and CO2 storageProject Management Jülich, DLR Project Management AgencyThe Arctic is a key area for global warming and it affects weather in the Northern hemisphere. Scientists will explain the mechanism and potential consequences of a changing climate, its impact for ecosystems and steps needed to restore ocean health.
13.45 – 14.45Moana Blue Pacific PavilionBuilding climate resilience in coastal areas through risk and natural resource management for sustainabilityFood and Agriculture Organization (FAO)Ms. Tarub Bahri
The side-event will showcase how building climate resilience in coastal areas is achieved through climate risk and natural resource management for sustainability with a focus on SIDS. It will demonstrate the power of combining these two streams and will discuss ways to build bankable narrative and action to foster access to climate funds.
15.00 – 16.00Moana Blue Pacific PavilionOcean Science for Climate Action in the PacificSecretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)Mr. Thierry Nervale
Opportunity and challenges in implementing multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral, integrated and innovative ocean science to support Pacific Small Islands Developing States take action in ocean conservation and sustainable use
15.00 - 18.00Room: Plenary LoaSBSTA-IPCC special event: Unpacking the new scientific knowledge and key findings in the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing ClimateSBSTA - UNFCCCJoanna Post
Open event that will present the scientific knowledge assessed in SROCC and provide a space to discuss the findings of the report.

This event will also be webcasted.
16.15 – 17.15Moana Blue Pacific PavilionYouth Empowerment for Oceans and Climate ActionPeace BoatRemy Millot

Emilie McGlone

Karen Hallows
The event will focus on programmes for youth in the Pacific which connect oceans and climate. Peace Boat’s Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador Programme, launched at the UN Ocean Conference and an endorsed event of the COP23 Presidency, brings youth from SIDS onboard our ship for capacity development and to engage with governments and civil society in ports about the impact of the ocean and climate crisis on their communities.
Friday December 6th
9.00 - 10.00Organisation Internationale de La Francophonie
Océan, sciences et actions de CPS en matière de changement climatiques

Ocean, sciences and Pacific Community (SPC) action for Climate Change
10.00 - 11.00Moana Blue Pacific PavilionOceans Youth Talanoa DialogueKomal Kumar
This event will focus on the importance of coastal ecosystems for local communities with an emphasis on Small Island Nations. Oceans play a pivotal role in the lives of young people from around the world. We are creating an open space to share stories about how marine ecosystems matter for our countries and communities. This will be facilitated through a Talanoa Dialogue about the role oceans play in the social, economic and environmental aspects of our lives and will be guided by the following 3 questions: 1)Where are we? 2) Where do we want to go? 3) How do we get there?
10.00 - 11.30Japan PavilionOcean and Climate Change – Contribution of the Space TechnologySasakawa Peace Foundation, When considering the impacts of climate change on the ocean and coastal areas such as sea ice reduction, extreme weather, sea level rise, and ocean heatwaves, space technology that can monitor the wide area efficiently is indispensable. Based on the latest knowledge of the IPCC’s Special Report on Ocean and Cryosphere (SROCC), we will discuss the possibility of Japan's leading satellite remote sensing technology and its international contribution to climate change mitigation and adaptation
10.00 - 11.30Cryosphere PavilionChanging Arctic OceanUniversity of EdinburghKristy Crocket
This event focuses on the Changing Arctic Ocean, and the efforts to understand the changes taking place by scientists in an international research programme funded by the UKRI Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), with discussion of the policy response to mitigate the global consequences of Arctic warming.
11:20 - 12:30UK PavilionMarine Protected Areas and climate change - Marine protected areas as tools for adaptive marine resource management in the face of a changing climateUK’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Marine ScotlandSarah Harrison
This session will showcase the UK’s leadership in developing the evidence-base for the role of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in adaptive marine resource management in tackling climate change.
12.30 – 13.30Moana Blue Pacific PavilionPacific Leadership and International Coorperation to Advance Regional Science and Mainstream Ocean Acidification into National PoliciesInternational Alliance to Combat Ocean AcidificationMs. Jessie Turner
The event will convene government leaders in the Pacific region who are advancing tangible actions that protect coastal communities by better understanding and addressing regional and local impacts of ocean acidification through adaptation and resilience building projects.
13.00 – 14.15UK PavilionManaging and adapting to the challenge of ocean acidification: strategies from around the worldPlymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), UK’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural AffairsSteve Widdicombe
This event will illustrate what actions can be and are being taken nationally and internationally to meet the ongoing challenge of Ocean Acidification.
13.00 - 14.30Cryosphere PavilionHow can ending overfishing mitigate climate change ?Our Fish, Seas at RiskMonica Verbeek
A groundbreaking new study shows that ending overfishing is essential to build ocean resilience and can mitigate the impacts of climate change. Join our panel of global experts to explore the role of fish and marine life in the carbon cycle and marine ecosystems, repercussions for the Arctic, and discuss how fulfilling existing commitments to ending overfishing is decisive climate action, that states can deliver this year.
15.00 - 16.30Side Event Room 4Connection oceans, science, society & UNFCCC - raising ambition on climate mitigation and adaptationPlymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), International Coastal and Ocean Organization (ICO), Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM), Sasakawa Peace Foundation (OPRI-SPF) Thecla Keizer

Alexis Maxwell

Bo Storrank

Miko Maekawa
Climate-related ocean stressors, have widespread effects on marine ecosystems which impact human wellbeing. There is an urgent need for international collaboration to promote mitigation of, and adaptation to these stressors in policy, regulations and funding streams.
15.00 - 18.00Side Event Room 6Marrakech Partnership For Global Climate Action Oceans And Coastal Zones Action Event: Ocean and Coastal Zones Climate Action Towards 1.5°C Pathways UNFCCC Global Climate Action Secretariat, Future Ocean Alliance, Global Ocean Forum, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCOIsabel Torres de Noronha (FOA)

Biliana Cicin-Sain (GOF)

Salvatore Arico (UNESCO)
Organized within the framework of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action, this event focuses on the challenges and cross-cutting experiences faced by the communities and ecosystems in ocean and coastal zones, when implementing actions to combat the impacts of climate change, across all scales of governance. Concept Note
15.30 - 17.00 German PavilionBlue Climate Action: Marine Nature-based Solutions for NDCsGerman Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Blue Solutions (GIZ, IUCN, GRID, UNEP), Rare, Blue Action Fund, Save our Mangroves Now!Frederick Stapke
Nature-based Solutions significantly contribute to climate adaptation and mitigation, this is also identified in IPCC Special Report on oceans and cryosphere. Resilient coastal and marine ecosystems are key for coastal livelihoods, while additionally conserving biodiversity. Featuring tangible examples of local action and international initiatives as well as resource mobilization, this event will highlight successes and challenges and provide clear linkages with the NDC process.
16.00 - 16.45Green Zone
Room: Mare Nostrum
Advancing Sustainable Ocean Business to Support Climate ActionUN Global Compact, Advisory Network of the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (HLP) Erika Harms
The session will engage with leading companies and experts to discuss how prominent ocean-based industries can be a powerful part of the climate solution.
16.00 - 16.45Action HubAquatic Nature-Based Solutions: Adapting to Climate Change and Delivering Multiple Benefits across SectorsGlobal Alliances for Water and ClimateA "TED-talk" style event on the interconnected challenges of aquatic biodiversity and climate change, and on how Naturebased Solutions can address both
17.30 – 18.30Moana Blue Pacific PavilionPacific Ports 2030-2050: a vision of Resilient, Green and Clean ports in the Pacific islands region (SPC)Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)Mr. Thierry Nervale
The side event will discuss results achieved and latest developments at the global level that would support implementing this long-term vision in the Pacific islands region
18.00 – 21.00Room:
San Pedro de Atacama
13th Focal Point Forum of the Nairobi Work Programme on oceansSBSTA - UNFCCCRojina Manandhar
Open meeting. In accordance with the outcomes of SBSTA 50 (FCCC/ SBSTA/ 2019/ paragraph 17), the NWP this year focuses on the topic of oceans.Link
Saturday, December 7th
All DayVirtual Blue COP 25
Virtual Blue COP 25: Ocean DayFuture EarthAxel Bertrand
A unique 24 hours virtual event all around the world. It will give the opportunity to decision makers, scientists, activists, artists, NGOs and many more to share and take their work to the COP25 from their home country. Additionally, the 24-hour event will provide insights and updates on the international climate-ocean negotiations at COP25 with real-time discussion and analyses among a wide group of participants.
9.00 - 9.30Press Conference Room MochaIUCN Deoxygenation Report launchInternational Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)Ms. Dorothée Herr
Launch of a new IUCN report on ocean deoxygenation. Causes, impacts and solutions.
10.00 - 11.30French PavilionSolutions fondées sur l’océan pour l’action climatique: retours d’expériences et perspectives et apports des sciences de la mer

Ocean-based solutions for climate action: experiences and perspectives and contribution from marine sciences
Agence Francaise pour la BiodiversitePhénia Marras
There are many ocean-based solutions for climate change; this panel will focus on 13 measures included in the Ocean Solutions Initiative, with a focus on blue carbon restoration, marine protected areas, reef protection, and scientific needs to galvanize action.
10.00 - 11.00UK PavilionWhat is the role of blue carbon in both tackling climate change, and boosting climate resilience?
Grantham Institute - Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College LondonDr. Daniela Sandoval
This session will explore the role of blue carbon ecosystems – like mangroves, seagrasses and tidal marshes – in both reducing carbon emissions and helping coastal areas adapt to climate change, by boosting protection against floods, storms and sea level rise. It will also consider how to integrate marine ecosystem management into policy.
10.00 - 11.15EU Pavilion
(Room Brussels)
EU Ocean Day - Opening SessionEuropean CommissionAlessandra Lamotte
The EU Ocean Day will be hosted by Virginijus Sinkevičius, the European Commissioner for environment, oceans and fisheries. This event will focus on the key challenges posed by climate change to the oceans and the transition from science to policy in light of the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and the Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.
10.15 - 11.45Chilean PavilionBetter Understanding Changing Ocean Conditions and Impacts to Marine Species and Ecosystems: Global Networks that Are Advancing Regional Science, Monitoring and Response StrategiesInternational Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification,
Chile California Council
Jessie Turner

Describe activities of global networks that are working to advance science and monitoring, increase capacity and raise awareness about ocean acidification and other climate related changing ocean conditions
11.15 - 12.45EU Pavilion (Room Brussels)Oceans and Climate: from science to policyPlymouth Marine Laboratory, DG-MARE and Overseas Countries and Territories Association, Ocean and Climate Platform, Alfred Wedner Institue, BNP ParibasCarol Turley
This event highlights progress in understanding the ocean-climate nexus, and the transboundary and trans-sector partnerships, initiatives and actions already undertaken and those needed in the future for sustainable ocean development by bringing key players from science, industry, policy and the OCTs together on one dynamic platform.
11.30 - 12.30Moana Blue Pacific PavilionBuilding the Resilience of the Ocean EconomyThe High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean EconomyEliza Northrop
This side event will launch a new scientific paper commissioned by the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy that outlines first of its kind analysis of the impact of climate change across three key ocean sectors – reef tourism, wild capture fisheries, mariculture - and offers a set of solutions for decision-makers.
11.30 - 13.00Side Event Room 5Raising Ambition on Climate and the OceansUNFCCCJo Post
The oceans face specific challenges reducing GHG emissions and adapting to a warming climate. On mitigation, we will explore ocean governance including new efforts to decarbonise shipping. On adaptation, we will look at challenges in coastal areas including food production, particularly for SIDS.Agenda
13:00 - 14:15Sustainable Development Goals PavilionCommunities of Ocean Action for supporting implementation of SDG 14Ocean Conservancy, Internation Maritime OrginizationProviding an update of the activities of the Community of Ocean Action on Marine Litterover the last year.
13.00 - 14.30Japan PavilionThe Oceans and Climate Nexus in the UNFCCC and BeyondGlobal Ocean Forum; Ocean Policy Research Institute, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan; Oceano Azul Foundation, PortugalBiliana Cicin-Sain (GOF)
This high-level panel will focus on key challenges posed by the findings of the IPCC Special Reports on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate and on Projected Impacts of Global Warming of 1.5°C. This panel will also feature the 2019 Progress Report on Oceans and Climate Action prepared by Party and non-Party stakeholders which, together with the IPCC reports, provide the context in developing updated climate policies in support of action pathways on oceans and coastal zones
13.15 - 14.45Side Event Room 3Legal innovations for Sustainable Investments and Resilient OceansSecretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Centre for International Sustainable Development LawTanvi Mani
Leading legal experts & judges highlight opportunities for enhancing Paris Agreement compliance & innovation through International and domestic law reform. A briefing on ecosystems-based solutions & ocean governance; and on how market-based instruments, financial regulations & investment lawsDraft Programme
13.30 - 15.00EU Pavilion (Room Brussels)EU Copernicus Marine and Climate services driving solutionsCopernicus marine service, European Commission, Copernicus climate change serviceAlessandra Lamotte
Ocean data, such as Copernicus Marine Service data, is essential to monitor and predict changes in the ocean, to fuels the next generation of blue sustainable development activites and to develop management actions, for sectors such as fisheries and aquaculture.
14.15 - 14.45Sustainable Development Goals PavilionHigh Level Briefing – 2020 UN Ocean Conference
14.45 - 15.45Japan PavilionIncorporating Ocean-Related Options in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)Because the Ocean Initiative, Ocean and Climate PlatformRémi Parmentier (Because the Ocean)
This event will showcase concrete examples from countries leading by example on how to introduce ocean-related measures into their NDCs.
15.00 - 16.45EU Pavilion (Room Brussels)Adaptation and mitigation strategies in changing oceansEU Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA+), European CommissionGuido Corno
guido.corno (at)
This session will explore current challenges and opportunities to address the climate-ocean link, and associated adaptation and mitigation strategies over a range of socio-economic contexts. This session will aso discuss emerging and challenging ocean adaptation issues and analyse how various countries and institutions could integrated their experience in the 2020 NDC review for ocean-climate indicators.
15.30 - 17.00Chilean PavilionGlobal Climate Action in Marine Protected AreasMinistry of
Environment of
Rosana Garay Maldonado
Invited science and policy experts from Chile, the United Kingdom, France, Costa Rica and the United States will give perspectives from within their countries on the role of MPAs in supporting climate change adaptation and mitigation, outline scientific advances on the subject and provide an overview of their perspectives of the evidence and policy needs
16.00 - 17.00Japan PavilionOcean Science to Action for Adaptation and Displacement SolutionsOcean Policy Research Institute, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan; Global Ocean Forum; Coastal Zone Association, Canada; International Organization for MigrationMiko Maekawa (OPRI/SPF)
This panel will draw perspectives from high-level representatives of governments, intergovernmental organizations, and civil society on how to take advantage of existing knowledge and opportunities associated with adapting to climate change in developing, disseminating, and using adaptation and displacement policies and practices in the context of oceans and coastal zones.
16.45 - 18.15Side Event Room 2Governing Emerging Marine Climate Altering TechnologiesCarnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs Inc. (CCEIA Joel Rosenthal
This event will feature discussion about emerging marine climate altering technologies, how they are dealt with by the IPCC, existing and proposed research, near-term impacts on climate policy and negotiations, how various actors are engaging or can engage to ensure proper governance.
17.15 - 18.45Chilean PavilionMobilizing Support for Oceans and Climate Action Government of Chile; Global Ocean ForumBiliana Cicin-Sain (GOF)
This panel will feature interventions from high-level representatives of Parties and Non-State Parties to the UNFCCC on pre-2020 climate action and higher aspirations to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement in the context of oceans and coastal zones
19.00 - closeUK PavilionUN Ocean Action Day ReceptionGovernment of the United Kingdom (Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Development) (UK DEFRA); Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), UK; Global Ocean ForumDaniela Sandoval (UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
High-level event hosted in the UK Pavilion as a wrap up of the Oceans Action Day. With distinguished attendees, this will be an opportunity to network with marine leaders from all around the globe, celebrating the Global Ocean Alliance and the UK’s commitments on the protection of the Ocean.
23.30 - 00.30 Virtual Blue COP 25
Observing Climate Change From Global to Local Scales: Informing Mitigation, Impacts and AdaptationFuture EarthYassir Eddebbar
This event will review some of the key observational programs and networks currently monitoring our climate system from global to local scales, focusing on programs monitoring the global carbon budget, ocean heat content, and sea level rise. We will discuss current progress, what these programs are telling us about the state of our climate, their future goals, and implications and opportunities for the climate policy community in understanding impacts and adaptation at the local scale
Sunday, December 8th
1:00 - 3:30Virtual Blue COP 25
Virtual Blue COP 25: Ocean DayFuture EarthAxel Bertrand
A unique 24 hours virtual event all around the world. It will give the opportunity to decision makers, scientists, activists, artists, NGOs and many more to share and take their work to the COP25 from their home country. Additionally, the 24-hour event will provide insights and updates on the international climate-ocean negotiations at COP25 with real-time discussion and analyses among a wide group of participants.
20.00 - midnightClub Matador - Calle de Jorge Juan, Number 5.

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#LATINOSMARINOS at COP25: Blue leadership in CA and Latin America
AzulMarcela Graudins Founder/Director of Azul .This event will celebrate the rich Latino ocean conservation traditions and the leaders in California and Latin America who’ve been working to find solutions to our challenges.

There will be two panels to discuss the current efforts to protect our oceans and coastal ecosystems from climate change such as the Global 30X30 campaign, building-up climate resilience and adaptation, and the equity and justice implications of what’s happening to our oceans and coasts. This event is also an opportunity to network and enjoy an evening of Latino culture and live music.
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14.30 - 15.45Hilton Madrid AirportResilient Basins: Source to SeaGlobal Resilience Partnership, Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance, TNC, AGWANathanial Matthews
This session will highlight initiatives and cutting edge research that use nature based solutions to build resilient basins from Source to Sea.
Monday, December 9th
10.00 - 11.30Bangladesh PavilionCOP25 Commonwealth Oceans and Blue Economy Intergenerational DialogueThe Commonwealth, Commonwealth Youth Climate Change NetworkWe will be discussing innovation and entrepreneurship in Our Oceans and Blue Economy value chains. Keynote address by The Commonwealth Secretary-General The Patricia Scotland, QC
11.15 – 12.15Moana Blue Pacific PavilionOcean Conservation and Management, Marine Spatial PlanningGovernment of Niue
Brendon Paisisi
Holistic and Sustainable development and management of our ocean and its resource to improve livelihoods of Niuean's now and into the future.
11.30 – 13.00U.S. Climate Action Center PavilionOcean-Climate Leadership at the Blue COPOcean Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC),International Alliance to Combat Ocean AcidificationGwynne Taraska

Jessie Turner
National and nonfederal leaders--from the United States and internationally--discuss ocean-climate action and announce new individual and joint initiatives at the Blue COP.
11.30 – 13.00Side Event Room 1Ocean Frontiers: Addressing Global Climate Challenges through Nature-based SolutionsInternational Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Ramsar SecretariatMs. Dorothée Herr
The effects of climate change on oceans continue to adversely impact economies, humans, and biodiversity. Yet, the potential of coastal and marine NbS to support global mitigation and adaptation efforts remains underutilised. New science and successful NbS projects will be presented and discussed
11.30 - 13.00San Pedro de AtacamaClimate Action and Life below Water and on Land – linkages with human activitiesUNFCCC, Future Ocean AlianceBiliana Cicin-Sain
This event discusses how ecosystem-based approaches, inclusive of users and uses, and nature-based solutions (NbS), can deliver climate action and, at the same time, build social, economic, and environmental resilience, when integrated and mainstreamed into the planning human activities in ocean and coastal zones, and in land-use and habitats.Concept Note
13.15 - 14.45Side Event Room 1Global ocean governance for enhancing the ambition of national commitments on oceansGovernment of Chile, Centre International de droit Comparé de l'Environnement (CIDCE)Gabriela Soto Nilo

Kablan Jean-michel ATTA
There is a challenge between national commitments (NDC) and the characteristics of the ocean, which goes beyond that logic. In that sense, a conversation related to addressing the challenge (i.e. of the Pacific Ocean) in an integrated/coordinated manner including: integrated information, measures of integrated adaptation, integrated governance, etc.
16.30 – 17.30Moana Blue Pacific PavilionOcean Deoxygenation, why should I be concerned, and what can be done?International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)Ms. Dorothée Herr
Ocean deoxygenation refers to the loss of oxygen dissolved in the ocean. The launch by IUCN will include key scientists involved in this major initiative and will detail some of the main findings on causes, impacts, consequences and solutions
18.30 – 20.00BENELUX - EIB PavilionClimate finance for coastal resilience – what is next for Blue Natural Capital?International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Government of Luxembourg, Conservation InternationalMs. Dorothée Herr
This event will feature investors, including governments, MDBs and private investors, discussing the landscape and needs for fast-tracking investments into coastal resilience projects. Experiences and lessons learned from the Blue Natural Capital Financing Facility and other actors will be discussed
Tuesday, December 10th
9.00 - 10.20Indonesian PavilionDeveloping Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Marine and Coastal CommunitiesMinistry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (Indonesia), RareFrederick Stapke
This event will describe the link between climate and oceans while exploring EbA as an approach to reduce the impacts of climate change especially on coastal communities and small-scale fisheries. Building on the experience of country-, civil society- and other organization partners, the discussion will facilitate an active exchange of the best practices in the implementation and financing of EbA to achieve adaptation and mitigation co-benefits in coastal areas.
12.30 – 13.30Moana Blue Pacific PavilionSustainable maritime transport: The prospects of zero-emissions shipping for Developing Countries and Large Ocean StatesEnvironmental Defense Fund (EDF), World BankMs. Aoife O'Leary
The event will highlight the most recent findings on the unique economic opportunity for developing countries (with a special focus on Chile) and large ocean countries (with a special focus on the South Pacific islands) when international shipping switches from heavy fuel oil to alternative fuels.
14.00 - 14.30Press Conference AreaFisheries and Climate Change: Different Windows Into a Complex ProblemUniversity of CaliforniaNatalya Gallo
Fisheries and aquaculture impacts from climate change is an area of concern for many communities and nations, and one frequently raised in NDCs, however adaptation opportunities differ widely across developed and developing countries and industrial and artisanal fishing communities. This side event highlights the different angles of the complex problem of fisheries and climate change and highlights new reports and studies on this topic
16.45 - 1815Side Event Room 2Assessing the impact of climate change and sea level rise on Pacific islands maritime boundariesSecretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)Melanie Farman
Whilst the settlement of maritime boundaries is an urgent action for Pacific islands, UNCLOS does not provide absolute certainty over ocean space in the face of climate change. Evaluating the legal and social implications of destabilising maritime zones is paramount for Pacific islands countries.
17.30 – 18.30Moana Blue Pacific PavilionAccelerating Action for Resilient Atolls and Productive Oceans. (High Level)Coalition of Atoll Nations on Climate Change (CAN-CC )Ms. Tina Eonemto Stege
A panel event featuring speakers from the atolls and prominent climate change experts, whereby the unique challenges faced by atolls and how they can adapt and build resilience would be the main topics of discussion.
18.30 - 20.00Side Event Room 1Integrating Coastal Blue Carbon in NDCsGovernment of Australia, Conservation InternationalZoe Sinclair

Carly Siege
There is potential for coastal blue carbon to support countries’ NDCs. This event will highlight practical actions underway, and launch new guidelines for countries considering including these ecosystems in NDCs and GHG inventories.
Wednesday, December 11th
10.00 – 11.00Moana Blue Pacific PavilionBuilding Resilience to Climate Change for the Deep Pacific and Its Deep Blue EconomiesScripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San DiegoLisa A. Levin
This session will discuss how to build climate consciousness into spatial planning, scientific observing, and management of Pacific deep ocean industries to ensure resilience and biodiversity conservation.
12.00 – 13.30Chilean PavilionHigh-level event on ocean-climate actionGovernments of Fiji, Sweden, Norway, Indonesia, and Costa RicaGwynne Taraska
Ministerial-level event hosted by Fiji, Sweden, Norway, Indonesia, and Costa Rica on behalf of the Friends of the Ocean and Climate. The event will discuss the growing ocean-climate movement, progress at COP25, and the arc toward COP26.
13.15 - 14.45Side Event Room 1SIDS leadership on ocean, climate and SDGs, advancing adaptation and private sector engagementCabo Verde, Commission de l'ocean Indien (COI), Sao Tome and Principe, World Ocean Council (WOC)Antonio Palazuelos Prieto

Gina Bonne

Dynka Amorim dos Santos

Paul Holthus
Global Action for Climate Change Adaptation
16.30 - 18.00Moana Blue Pacific PavilionClimate Change and Ocean Action Reception: Bridging the Blue gap between climate ambitions and ocean action Commonwealth SecretariatHeidi Prislan
The event will be a high-level reception (90-min) for ministers and senior officials of the Commonwealth member countries, hosted by the Commonwealth Secretariat in partnership with the government of Fiji
Thursday, December 12th
12.00 – 13.00NDC Partnership PavilionFishing for Climate Resilience: Empowering Coastal Communities to Adopt Nature-Based Solutions for NDC ImplementationRare, Global Island Partnership (GLISPA)Frederik Stapke
Building on the 'Fishing for Climate Resilience' project which is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) , this event co-hosted by Rare and the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) will showcase the 'why' and 'how' of empowering local communities to adopt and own nature-based solutions that build the foundation to the implementation of nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and national adaptation plans (NAPs).
15.00 - 16.30Side Event Room 1Transforming Our Food System to Support Natural Carbon SinksInternational Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM),
Biovision - Foundation for Ecological Development (BV), Regeneration International* (RI), Shinji Shumeikai (Shumei)
Mr. Gábor Figeczky (IFOAM)

Mr. Martin Herren (BV)

Ms. Ercilia Sahores (RI)

Ms. Brianne Chai-Onn
Transforming our food system is key to increasing soil carbon and reducing ocean acidification to combat climate change. Learn how farmers, pastoralists, marine biologists, scientists and food advocates are collaborating in new ways to regenerate ecosystems to meet the Paris Agreement and the SDGs.