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Virtual Ocean Pavilion on the Road to COP27: Connecting All on Our Incredible Blue Planet

Virtual Ocean Pavilion, 03.11.2022

The Virtual Ocean Pavilion of the UN Climate Conference (COP27) will kick off its program of events during the first week of the Summit this November in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. From 6-18 November 2022, the Virtual Ocean Pavilion will host live sessions addressing finance and public education (9 November), science, youth and future generations, and resilience (10 November), followed by live sessions during the second week on aquatic food (14 November), biodiversity and ocean-based adaptation and mitigation (16 November). It also provides access to an overview of the ocean-related events at the COP in Egypt itself and links to join online where available.

Everyone is invited to register for free and visit the online Pavilion, which is dedicated to raising the visibility of the ocean in the climate negotiations, and to showcasing why the ocean matters to all life on our planet. It is a communication platform for connecting participants in the Summit from various parts of the world and for promoting increased commitment, finance, unity, and action in accordance with COP27 priorities.

The Virtual Ocean Pavilion is co-organized by the Global Ocean Forum, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, One Ocean Hub, and the Ocean & Climate Platform, in collaboration with many other partners from across the globe. The diversity of organizers and collaborating partners ensures a wide range of perspectives on ocean and climate issues and provides opportunities for forging cross-sectoral collaboration on ocean-climate action at the national, regional, and global levels.

The Pavilion will feature live and view-on-demand events with interventions from high level speakers, including UN representatives, ocean and climate experts and practitioners. Visitors to the online Pavilion will also be able to interact with experts through over 25 ocean exhibit booths, watch interviews with Party negotiators and key stakeholders, and explore the ‘Treasure Trove’, which holds a collection of art, videos, climate stories and publications from around the world to increase knowledge and inspire action on the ocean-climate nexus.

Last year’s COP26 Virtual Ocean Pavilion drew 3,000 registrants to attend live events and to view the wealth of on-demand content offered by the platform. The virtual nature of the Pavilion provided access to information and events to a wide audience, including those who were unable to attend in person due to COVID-19.

On the Road to COP27, the Virtual Ocean Pavilion intends to draw a large number of registrants to this year’s edition, making access to COP27 more inclusive and equitable. Join us to experience many opportunities for sharing knowledge and experiences, networking, development and renewal of partnerships and other collaborative initiatives toward a healthier, more sustainable ocean and planet.

“The Virtual Ocean Pavilion provides a crucial platform to recognize the ocean’s importance in the climate change challenge. Convening scientists, negotiators, civil society, and intergovernmental bodies, the Pavilion provides more than just an inclusive and equitable networking environment for all COP27 participants – whether they can afford or not to attend COP27. It also provides a clear entry point for citizens yearning for knowledge and ocean-based solutions for the climate crisis,” said Vladimir Ryabinin, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO and Executive Secretary of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO).

To learn more about the Virtual Ocean Pavilion and what it offers, and to register for the event, visit the landing page.