COP22: Nations reaffirm commitment to the ocean

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The COP22 on the climate that ended in Marrakech this week was marked by mixed feelings:  satisfaction at the entry into force of the Paris Agreement, and fears of a US backpedalling with the election of Donald Trump. But for now, the American negotiators remain positive and engaged in the process of implementing the Paris Agreement. The work that began in Morocco should enable each country to finalize the commitments presented in Paris in 2015, with a verification and revision process that has yet to be forged.

For the Tara Expeditions Foundation, present in Marrakech with the Ocean and Climate Platform and the “Because the Ocean” initiative, the COP22 consolidates the progress of the Agenda “Ocean and Climate” at the level of the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC).

With the signing of the 2nd “Because the Ocean declaration and the commitment of new states such as Indonesia and Peru, the group of countries called “Friends of the Ocean”, created at the Tara Pavilion in 2015 during the COP21 is now consolidated and preparing for 2018 to bring concrete « ocean » actions into their climate portfolio.

Signatories of the declaration:

• H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco
• Tommy Remengesau – President of Palau
• Hilda Heine – President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands
• Isabella Lövin – Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden
• Heraldo Muñoz – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chile
• Hon. Julie Bishop – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Australia
• Edgar Gutiérrez Espeleta – Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica
• Hon. Didier Dogley – Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Seychelles
• Hon. Paula Bennett – Minister for Climate Change Issues, New Zealand
• Pablo Saavedra – State Secretary for the Environment, Spain
• Maria Amparo Martinez Arroyo – Director General of the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change (INECC), Mexico
• Stephen Lucas – Senior Associate Deputy Minister, Canada
• Rahmatoulaye Dieng – Secretary General of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Senegal
• Achmad Poernomo, Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesia
Signatories of the statement « Because the Ocean »



Regarding civil society, the Ocean and Climate Platform and France announced the creation of an “Alliance of Ocean and Climate Initiatives” to promote  collaborative actions  with the private sector and regional actors. The next step will be more technical, with a COP23 to be held at the end of 2017 in Bonn, Germany at the UNFCCC headquarters. It will have to consolidate monitoring mechanisms and implement an upward revision of climatic ambitions of each country.

André Abreu
Responsible for Climate and Environment



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