The UN Foundation and Ocean Conservancy, co-organizers of the Ocean & Climate Ambition Summit held on 26 and 27 January 2021 have released the full recording of that event co-hosted by the governments of Belgium, Belize, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Fiji, France, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Panama, Seychelles, Spain and Sweden. DAY 1: High-Level session & DAY 2: Technical session.
The Ocean & Climate Ambition Summit was an opportunity for governments, plurilateral initiatives such as Because the Ocean, and NGOs to reiterate their commitment to join efforts to anchor the ocean in climate policies and measures in the run-up to and at COP26, the 26th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change scheduled to be held in Glasgow in the month of Novermber 2021.
There was a lot of excitement when Secretary John Kerry took the floor for what was one of his very first interventions only a few days after the inauguration of the Biden-Harris US Administration. Now Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry is well known for being an active ocean advocate since he launched the Our Ocean Conferences series in 2014 during his term as Secretary of State under the Obama Administration.
During their addresses at the Ocean & Climate Ambition Summit, several ministers and high-level representatives made references to the role of the Because the Ocean Initiative since its launch at COP21 in 2015 in Paris.(see below abstracts from Sweden, Fiji, Spain, France and Chile).
Chile’s Foreign Minister Andrés Allamand announced that his country was considering launching a third Because the Ocean Declaration this year in Glasgow. In his intersession remarks Because the Ocean Initiative’s Secretary Rémi Parmentier informed that the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation was planning to organize a meeting of signatories and partners of the Because the Ocean Initiative during this year’s Monaco Ocean Week (to be held 22-25 March) in order to discuss Chile’s and other proposals.