Ocean & Climate News

October 15, 2021

Photo credit: Jayne Jenkins / Ocean Image Bank

The Global Ocean Forum and partners are pleased to invite you to join the ocean and climate community in promoting the oceans agenda at the UNFCCC COP26 in Glasgow, UK from 31 October to 12 November 2021 through the COP26 Virtual Ocean Pavilion.

Connecting All on Our Incredible Blue Planet
31 October – 12 November 2021

Register to access live and on–demand COP26 ocean events, explore virtual exhibition booths and discover the Treasure Trove to learn more about the ocean and climate connection.

Watch. Inquire. Share. Connect. Act.

This COP26 Virtual Ocean Pavilion is dedicated to showcasing why the ocean matters in climate negotiations and to all life on our planet. It aims to increase knowledge, commitment and action for the ocean-climate nexus at the UN Climate Conference (COP26) in Glasgow this November.


Registration is free and will provide you with online access to live ocean events on November 1, 5, and 12 and on-demand content from 31 October – 12 November. All you will need is a Wi-Fi connection and a smart phone, tablet, or computer.


This pavilion will:

  1. Highlight important ocean events, such as those planned by the UNFCCC Secretariat under the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action (MP-GCA), and VOP collaborating partners;
  2. Host panel sessions linking the ocean with the themes of the GCA events and SBSTA Ocean and Climate Change Dialogue themes to provide input to these discussions;
  3. Feature interviews with Party negotiators and representatives of non-Party stakeholders to gain insights on the status of discussions;
  4. Provide a gateway to ocean and climate stories from around the world through virtual exhibits, on-demand videos, reports and other online resources.

Gateway to COP26 Ocean Events

We invite you to register your COP26 ocean-related events in the Ocean Events Tracker Smartsheet Forms organized by the Ocean Conservancy. Entries will become part of a calendar of ocean events accessible through the Virtual Ocean Pavilion and based on information gathered through the Tracker.


Coordinated by the Global Ocean Forum, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Ocean Policy Research Institute (OPRI) of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, the Oceano Azul Foundation, and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO under the Roadmap to Oceans and Climate Action (ROCA) Initiative, in collaboration with many other partners from across the globe.

Report on Assessing Progress on Ocean and Climate Action 2020-2021

This report, which is the final volume in an annual series of assessments of ocean and climate science, policy, and action organized by the Roadmap to Oceans and Climate Action (ROCA) Initiative, will be launched during the opening of the Virtual Ocean Pavilion on November 1.

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