Our Common Future Under Climate Change

International Scientific Conference 7-10 JULY 2015 Paris, France




Organizers : Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO; Ocean and Climate Platform
Date : June 8th, from 9am to 7pm
Location : UNESCO, Paris, France
Expected number of participants : more than 250
Nature of participants : Scientists, Civil society, Students, Political decision-makers, United Nations representatives and Member States
Keywords : ocean, climate change
Keynote speakers :
  • V. Ryabinin Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, Paris, France
  • P. Falkowski Rutgers Energy Institute, Rutgers University, New Jersey, United States of America
  • JP. Gattuso Villefranche Oceanographic Laboratory, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
  • M. Van Den Belt Ecological Economics Research Unit, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • M. Barange Plymouth Marine Laboratories, Plymouth, United Kingdom
  • L. Inniss Coastal Zone Management Unit, St. Michael, Barbados
  • L. Levin Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, La Jolla, United States of America
  • T. Ribera IDDRI, Paris, France
  • M. Visbeck GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, University of Kiel, Kiel, Germany
  • L. Bopp Institut Pierre Simon Laplace, Paris, France
  • L. Valdés Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, Paris, France
  • M. Metian IAEA Environment Laboratories, Monaco, Monaco
  • D. Bailly Centre for the Law and Economics of the Sea, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France
  • D. Allemand Centre Scientifique de Monaco, Monaco, Monaco
  • C. Chabaud Innovations Bleues, St. Herblain, France
  • C. De Vargas Station biologique de Roscoff, Roscoff, France
  • P. Vallette Nausicaa, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
  • A. Abreu Tara Expéditions, Paris , France
  • J. Rochette IDDRI, Paris, France
  • R. Cuvelier Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco, Monaco, Monaco


In honour of the United Nations World Oceans Day, celebrated each year on 8 June, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO), in collaboration with the Permanent Delegations of France, Monaco and Sweden to UNESCO and the Ocean and Climate Platform, organizes a full day dedicated to the ocean and its essential role in the climate and life support systems of our planet. This celebration, open to all, is an accredited event of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21).

With the help of scientific workshops, plenary sessions, a UNESCO Campus and exhibitions, this day will bring together scientists, political decision-makers, the civil society and students to identify, through dialogue, promising ocean-sensitive actions and adaptation strategies to mitigate climate change and its socioeconomic impacts that may feed into the COP21 negotiations, and beyond that, into the post-2015 climate agenda.

At the end of the day, these joint action-oriented recommendations are presented to political decision-makers present on this occasion, including HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius, the European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella,  and high representatives of small island states, namely Tommy E. Remengesau, President of Palau and James Michel, President of the Seychelles. The messages will underline the ocean’s essential role for the survival of our planet and how climate change is threatening this role, with potentially disastrous consequences.


REGISTRATION: http://en.unesco.org/ocean_day


World Oceans Day Programme


9.00 - 10.00





Opening Ceremony

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO ; Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France ; Gilles Bœuf, Director of the Museum national d’Histoire naturelle, France ; Lisa Emelia Svensson,  Ambassador for the Oceans, Seas and Freshwater, Sweden

10.30 - 12.30 







1. Warming & Acidification of the Ocean: two sides of the same coin

2. Socioeconomic Impacts of Climate Change

3. The Ocean: a Source of Eco-innovations & Citizen Commitment

    to building a “Blue Society”

4.What Place does the Ocean hold in Climate Negotiations & Initiatives?

10.30 - 12.30



UNESCO Campus “One Planet, One Ocean”

by IOC-UNESCO & the GDF-SUEZ Foundation, in collaboration with Surfrider Foundation Europe, CNRS, Tara Expéditions & the Institut Océanographique Paul Ricard

14.00 - 17.00


14.30 -15.15

15.15 -16.00

16.15 -17.00    

Plenary Session       

Round Tables

1. The Ocean in the Climate System

2. Impacts of a Changing Climate on the Ocean and Society

3. The Ocean as Part of the Solution? Aspects of Governance

17.30 - 19.00





High Level Segment

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco ; Tommy E. Remengesau, President of the Republic of Palau ; Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development ; Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs & Fisheries

More information

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