The ocean is a fundamental part of the climate system and the global response to climate change. At COP 26, the ocean also became a fundamental part of the outcomes of the conference in the Glasgow Climate Pact. Governments recognized the need for a cross-cutting incorporation of the ocean under the work of all relevant constituted bodies and workstreams, as well as an annual dialogue on the ocean and climate change. The new webpages are a first response to these mandates.
Meanwhile, global collaboration on ocean science is accelerated via the UN Decade on Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The Decade aims to identify transformative ocean science solutions for sustainable development that connect people and the ocean.
The upcoming UN Ocean Conference, 27 June-1 July 2022, co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, will also provide an opportunity to break down the siloes between ocean and climate decision making and propel much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at global ocean and climate action.