The Importance of Oceans, Coasts, and Small Island Developing States in the Climate Regime:
December 14, 2009, European Environment Agency, Copenhagen (during the UNFCCC 15th Conference of the Parties)
Oceans Day, co-organized by the International Coastal and Ocean Organization (Secretariat of the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands), the Government of Indonesia, the European Environment Agency, together with a number of governments, NGOs, and IGOs, will provide an opportunity for Parties and Observer States, intergovernmental organizations, non-government organizations, and members of civil society to discuss the implications of the emerging Copenhagen agreement for oceans, coasts, and coastal communities around the globe, especially in small island developing States. Oceans Day will highlight the direct link between climate change, the health of the oceans, and human well-being, as well as highlight the need for sufficient funding to support bold mitigation and adaptation actions that will minimize climate change impacts on coastal communities and ocean resources. Oceans Day at Copenhagen will also underscore the latest scientific understanding about the impacts of climate change and increased concentration of atmospheric carbon on the oceans. This enhanced knowledge, in addition to the Manado Oceans Declaration, underpins the strong need to focus on oceans, coasts, and coastal communities in the climate negotiations and provide the context for charting the way forward.