The Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands Click to play video

Purpose

Oceans Day provides an opportunity for Parties and Observer States, intergovernmental organizations, non-government organizations, and members of civil society to address the implications of the emerging Copenhagen agreement for oceans, coasts, and coastal communities around the globe. Oceans Day will highlight the direct link between climate change, the health of the oceans, and human well-being, as well as the need for sufficient funding to support bold mitigation and adaptation actions that will minimize climate change impacts on coastal communities and ocean resources.

Coastal communities and indigenous peoples, in both developed and developing countries, as well as in small island developing States (SIDS), are at the frontline of climate change impacts. As the global community negotiates, carbon dioxide continues to be emitted at an ever-increasing rate. The ocean, as a result, has experienced an increase in acidity, altered circulation patterns,warming, and a rise in sea level.Weather patterns and precipitation events have also changed. These changes will continue and are leading to increased “risks to global food security, economic prosperity, and the well-being of human populations” (Manado Declaration 2009). Such projected impacts heighten the urgency to develop appropriate response measures, take strong mitigation actions, and implement innovative adaptationmeasures At the same time we need to continue ocean observations and impact assessments so we can adapt our actions as conditions continue to change.

Oceans Day targets an audience of negotiators, high level officials, experts, media, and interested members of the public.