– Madrid, 10 April 2019 –
The “Before the Blue” workshop was opened today by Teresa Ribera, Minister for the Ecological Transition of the
Government of Spain.
Fifty delegates, including government representatives from some 12 European countries plus the European Commission, and several relevant intergovernmental organizations, academia and civil society are exploring for two days how ocean elements can be including within countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement, and what methodologies need to be applied to make the next Climate COP a milestone to address the relationship between climate change and ocean change.
In a video address, Chile’s Environment Minister and President of COP25 in Santiago, Chile (December 2019) greeted the delegates, emphasized the importance of incorporating climate action and ocean action, outlined the need to explore how to place ocean elements within Nationally Determined Contributions, and invited the participants to “the Blue COP”.
A team of the International Isntitute on sustainable Development (IISD) is covering the workshop, an will issue a special report of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin.
Click here to read the IISD special page