January 26 (Americas & Europe) / January 27 (Africa, Asia, & Oceania)

High-level sessions: Driving global ocean-climate ambition
15:00 – 19:00 (Washington, DC)

Recording of Day 1 available at
Remarks from the Honorable John F. Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, available at

15:00: Opening remarks

  • Open of the program: Janis Searles Jones, Ocean Conservancy & Elizabeth Cousens, U.N. Foundation
  • Welcoming remarks: Ambassador Satyendra Prasad, Fiji & Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin, Sweden
  • Special guest remarks: The Honorable John F. Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, United States
  • Keynote remarks: Lord Zac Goldsmith, United Kingdom

Intersession remarks: State Secretary Jens Frølich Holte, Norway, on the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy

15:30: Elevating the ocean in climate action: Ambition & ocean-based solutions in national climate goals

  • Minister Andrés Allamand, Chile
  • Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne, Belgium
  • Minister Milciades Concepción, Panama
  • Minister Flavien Joubert, Seychelles
  • Minister Lea Wermelin, Denmark
  • Moderator: Thomas Hickey, Pew Charitable Trusts

Intersession remarks: Rémi Parmentier, Because the Ocean secretariat

16:30: Promoting multilateral progress: Next steps in the UNFCCC & international fora

  • Ambassador Satyendra Prasad, Fiji
  • Ambassador Patricia Fuller, Canada 
  • Sue Biniaz, Department of State, United States
  • Ambassador Stéphane Crouzat, France
  • Minister Andrea Meza, Costa Rica
  • Moderator: Gwynne Taraska, Ocean Conservancy

Intersession remarks: Luis Estévez-Salmerón, Pacific Rim Ocean-Climate Action Partnership

17:30: Mobilizing a holistic response to the climate crisis: Non-state actor engagement

  • Governor David Ige, Hawaii, United States
  • Nigel Topping, High-Level Champion for Climate Action, COP26
  • Florencia Gonzalez, EarthEcho, Argentina
  • Louie Porta, Oceans North, Canada
  • Karen Sack, Ocean Unite and Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance
  • Loreley Picourt, Ocean and Climate Platform
  • Moderator: Monica Dean, U.N. Foundation

18:30: Closing remarks: Looking to 2021 as a “super year” for ocean and climate

  • Ambassador Yusra Khan, Indonesia
  • Minister Teresa Ribera, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Ecological Transition, Spain
  • Moderator: Lisa Speer, NRDC

January 27 (Americas & Europe) / January 28 (Africa, Asia, & Oceania)

Progress in the water: Advancing ocean-based climate solutions
15:00 – 19:00 (Washington, DC)

Recording of Day 2 available at

15:00: Keynote conversation

  • Ambassador Helen Ågren, Ambassador for the Ocean, Sweden
  • H. E. Dr. Muhammad Shahid Amin Khan, 4th World Chairman of the International Human Rights Commission
  • Moderator: Anna-Marie Laura, Ocean Conservancy

15:30: Overview of ocean-based climate solutions in nationally determined contributions 

  • Taryn Fransen, World Resources Institute
  • Mario Finch, World Resources Institute
  • Olivia Lopez, Ocean Conservancy 

16:00: Maximizing nature-based solutions: Blue carbon and marine protected areas

  • Haydée Rodríguez, Vice Minister of Oceans, Costa Rica
  • Sophie Mirgaux, Special Envoy for the Ocean, Belgium
  • Julio Cordano, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chile
  • Nadia Bood, World Wildlife Fund Mesoamerica / Belize Blue Carbon & NDC Working Group  
  • Maria Claudia Diazgranados, Conservation International  
  • Torsten Thiele, Global Ocean Trust
  • Moderators: Thomas Hickey, Pew Charitable Trusts; Loreley Picourt, Ocean-Climate Platform; and Tamara Thomas, Conservation International

17:00: Creating resilient communities and economies: Fisheries and coastal adaptation

  • Beverly Wade, Fisheries Administrator, Belize
  • Vanessa Sierra, Mancomunidad de Municipios Garifunas de Honduras
  • Maria Claudia Diazgranados, Conservation International
  • Emily Corwin, Conservation International
  • Moderators: Tim Fitzgerald, Environmental Defense Fund and Lisa Schindler Murray, Rare 

18:00: Decarbonizing the global economy: The role of shipping and ports

  • Tomas Anker Cristensen, Climate Ambassador, Denmark
  • Alexis Rodriguez, Panama Canal Authority, Panama
  • Joshua Berger, Governor’s Maritime Sector Lead, Washington State, United States
  • Rasmus Bach Nielsen, Global Head of Fuel Decarbonization, Trafigura
  • Aoife O’Leary, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Moderator: Dan Hubbell, Ocean Conservancy

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