Assessing Progress on Ocean and Climate Action: 2022-2023

Catie Mitchell (Editor), Kevin Goldstein (Editor), Richard Delaney, Miriam Balgos, Sarah Davidson, Bernadette Snow

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Abstract

This 2022-2023 edition of the Assessing Progress on Ocean and Climate Action report, like the earlier issues, is a multi-organizational effort involving old and new partners. Sixty-seven (67) co-authors from 46 organizations have collaborated to produce this report, which aims to provide multidisciplinary updates on various sectoral and stakeholder initiatives in science, policy development, financing and other cross-cutting efforts on ocean and climate action. A must-read for Party negotiators and non-Party stakeholder representatives at the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), this report provides information on positive forward movement and success stories - as well as identified needs and gaps – in ocean affairs. This analysis is helpful in advancing more robust efforts toward the integration of ocean affairs in various program streams of the UNFCCC, including through the nationally determined contributions (NDCs), National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and the Global Stocktake (GST). In addition, it points to opportunities for integrating efforts across sectors and environments. As Dr. Hans-Otto Pörtner (IPCC
and AWI) indicated in the report, it is important to highlight the integrated roles of atmosphere, land, coast and ocean and the commonalities and specifics of how to leverage them towards accelerating collective progress in
achieving the Paris Agreement targets, as well as the more general global sustainability agenda.
In addition to promoting awareness of the pivotal role of oceans in climate change, this volume reports on the use of ocean-based mitigation approaches (such as Blue Carbon, reducing air emissions from ships, renewable
energy, carbon capture and storage); deployment of a wide variety of adaptation measures, especially based on ecosystem approaches; fostering the low carbon Blue Economy; addressing the issues of human displacement;
and providing adequate provision of financial flows and of capacity development. Important new additions to this volume are reports on the Ocean and Climate Change Dialogue 2023 and the GST, public engagement and
outreach, mainstreaming gender into ocean and climate action and climate change, and new developments in ABNJ including the new BBNJ agreement.
This report, dedicated to the memory of Dr. Patricio Bernal, co-founder of the Global Ocean Forum (GOF), is a testament to the continuing cross-sectoral initiatives that the founding partners envisioned for the Global Ocean
Forum roadmap to promote good governance of the ocean, healthy marine ecosystems, and sustainable development. A key strategy is maintaining its global network of partners which includes the cadre of professionals that
benefited from the legacy and mentorship of Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain, past GOF President and co-founder. These include co-authors Joseph Appiott, Nigel Bradly, Indumathie Hewawasam, Evelia Rivera Arriaga, Miriam Balgos
and volume editor Kevin Goldstein, as well as the inaugural Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain Fellow, co-author Sarah Davidson. This report will be issued by the GOF biennially, together with its collaborating partners, to continue the
legacy of the Roadmap to Oceans and Climate Action (ROCA) initiative.
This report was organized by Sarah Davidson, Miriam Balgos, and Larry Hildebrand, and in addition to the co-authors, benefited from the assistance and contributions of the following collaborators: Travis Aten of Communications Inc; Alison Clausen of IOC-UNESCO; Anete Berzina-Rodrigo and Minna Epps of IUCN; Gonzalo Cid of NOAA; and Edward Allison of WorldFish Center.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages112
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2023

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