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20 Dec 2019 - Because the Ocean initiative - The Chair of COP26 has hinted that COP26 will be a continuation of the "Blue COP", highlighting the importance of the ocean for climate ambition,

Two weeks of climate talks ended this week, in overtime, as always. And, as (nearly) always, they adopted by consensus a document – a Decision – reflecting the convoluted, complex, and often confounding negotiations.

Like the sword of Damocles, hanging over Parties’ heads is next year’s start of the second Ambition Cycle of the Paris Agreement. Parties are aware of warnings by the UN Secretary General and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that unless action is accelerated worldwide, and ambition increased, we are on a trajectory that leads humankind toward an environmental crisis of epic proportions.

Delegates and observers at COP25 are expressing their strong dissatisfaction, concern and sadness for a COP outcome that  fails to reflect the political resolve called for by the severity of the on-going climate emergency.

The good news is that for the first time, the COP Decision recognizes the importance of the ocean, and launches a process to begin in 2020, which will hopefully strengthen linkages between climate and ocean policies.

Dubbed the Blue COP by the Chilean Presidency, this year’s COP saw climate and ocean practitioners and advocates working together to highlight the linkages between the ocean and climate change.

Claire Perry O’Neill, the designated Chair of COP26 scheduled to take place in Glasgow in November 2020, highlighted the importance of the ocean for climate ambition, hinting that COP26 would be a continuation of the Blue COP. With the mandate now given to the Chair of the Convention’s Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice on this issue, everything points out to a growing swell of attention for the ocean in the context of climate change.

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