In the final decision of COP25, Parties mandated the Chair of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) to hold a dialogue on strengthening action on the oceans and climate change, originally scheduled to take place this week. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to inflict immeasurable suffering in communities around the world and prevent in-person meetings, the 52nd meeting of the subsidiary bodies to the UNFCCC (SB52) and the SBSTA Chair’s dialogue have been postponed until October. Instead, this past week, Parties and Observers to the UNFCCC assembled virtually from around the world for the week of June Momentum for Climate Change, while the UNFCCC works to find new ways to maintain momentum on climate ambition even during these unprecedented times.read More
The Carbon Institute was invited to contribute to the 2019 Roadmap to Oceans and Climate Action report which was recently published in anticipation of the UNFCCC COP25 in Madrid in December. The 2019 report assessed critical areas of progress at the ocean-climate nexus over the past year, covering new scientific updates, action within the UNFCCC, mobilization of governments and civil society, and developments on mitigation, adaptation, the Blue Economy, displacement, financing, and capacity development. The assessment featured contributions from experts in intergovernmental, governmental, and civil society organizations, with John-O Niles from the Carbon Institute outlining key priorities and actions in international capacity development.READ MORE
In the early hours December 13 in Madrid, a new draft text was produced by the COP25 Presidency, containing a number of potential “landing zones.” These draft paragraphs in a document (known in the climate diplomacy circles as 1/CP.25) are the likely areas of legal convergence countries are debating as they work to wrap up the Blue COP.READ MORE
The first draft text on oceans and climate has been circulated at COP25 in Madrid.
As COP25 enters its final week, momentum is building among parties for a strong policy outcome from the first Blue COP. In our previous blog, we explained the context of the high-level ministerial process leading to introduction of text on oceans and climate.READ MORE