COP25 officially starts in six days, on Monday 2nd December. But delegates from the most far away countries are starting to arrive. Chileans, of course, as the Southern cone country hold the presidency of COP25. But you can also occasionally run into a representative from a South Pacific island country near Madrid’s landmark Puerta del Sol.
Like other ocean advocates, the Secretariat of the Because the Ocean initiative based in Madrid is making final preparations. On 26 November, the Secretary of the Initiative Rémi Parmentier was the guest speaker at a breakfast organized by the Spanish Network on Sustainable Development, attended by 78 stakeholders and journalists, where he shared his vision and expectations before the Blue COP, and its relation with the Sustainable Development Goal #14 on the Ocean.
So many ocean-related events are scheduled at COP25 that it is impossible to list all of them here. The full COP25 programme is available on the website of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Here is a list of the events in which representatives of the Because the Ocean Initiative are going to participate directly, as speakers and/or organizers. We shall endeavour to update this list regularly:
Monday 2nd December: 16h30-17h30 Ocean for Climate: Moving from Science to Policy – Organized by the Ocean & Climate Platform in co-operation with the Because the Ocean Initiative, in the French Pavillion with the office of the Prime Minister of France, Edouard Philippe
Tuesday 3rd December 13h15-14h15: Room 25 (Hall 9) Platform of Science-Based Ocean Solutions – Organised by the COP25 Presidency
Thursday 5th December 11h15-12h15: [Pacific] Ocean for Climate – organized jointly by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Because the Ocean Initiative, in the Moana Blue Pacific Pavillion
Friday 6th December 12h00-13h30: Opening of the Spanish Pavillion’s Ocean Day, facilitated by the Because the Ocean Initiative – 18h00-21h00: Focal Point Forum of the Nairobi Work Programme on ocean
Saturday 7th December: 10h00-11h15: Opening of the EU Ocean Day in the EU Pavillion, moderated by the Because the Ocean Initiative – 14h45-15h45: Incorporating Ocean-Related Options in Nationally Determined Contributions, co-facilitated by the Ocean & Climate Platform and the Because the Ocean Initiative
Activities for the second week of COP25 will be communicated later, as appropriate.
All the above-mentioned events will take place in the Blue Zone accessible only for accredited delegates and observers. If you are not accredited, please check the programme of the Green Zone which is opened to the general public.
More to read: Blue is the new green, by Rémi Parmentier, Secretary of the Because the Ocean initiative. published on 29 November 2019 by Virgin Unite