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CVF Virtual Summit Panel - A New Sustainable Ocean Economy: Advancing Ocean and Climate Action

As part of the Climate Vulnerable Forum Virtual Summit, this panel will bring together governments, research institutions, civil society and the UN to explore the urgent need to protect, produce and prosper from the ocean in the face of a changing climate. It will explore opportunities to build resilience, harness innovation and ensure future livelihoods, food security and economic development.

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The impact of climate change on the ocean is indisputable – the recent IPCC Special Report on 1.5C highlights the impact that climate change has already had on ocean systems and the importance of limiting warming to 1.5°C in order to reduce further risks to marine biodiversity, fisheries, and ecosystems, and their functions and services to humans.

Next year’s IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate will go further in unpacking this relationship and outlining pathways for vulnerable communities to reduce such risks.

There is an urgent need to understand how we can harness ocean and marine ecosystems as a tool for innovation in the fight against climate change.

  • How can vulnerable countries and communities build resilience, capture the mitigation potential of blue carbon ecosystems while ensuring future livelihoods, food security and economic development?

  • Where is innovation occurring and how can it be brought to scale?

  • What are the challenges and barriers being faced that cooperative action can help address?

This panel will bring together representatives from government, academia and the United Nations to explore these topics and outline a vision for an integrated ocean and climate action agenda that can support the delivery of the sustainable blue economy of the future, including the Sustainable Development Goals.


Peter Thomson, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean and Co-Chair of the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy

Olai Uludong, Permanent Representative from Palau to the United Nations, Palau's Ambassador on Climate Change and Sherpa for the President of the Republic of Palau and Co-Chair of the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy

Julio Cordano, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Chile

Vidar Helgesen, Norway’s Special Envoy for the Ocean and Sherpa for the Prime Minister of Norway and Co-Chair of the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy

Maria Damanaki, Global Managing Director for Oceans at The Nature Conservancy


Kristian Teleki, Director, Sustainable Ocean Initiative, World Resources Institute; Head of Secretariat to the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy and Head of the Friends of Ocean Action

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