Invitation to join the COP 26 Virtual Ocean Pavilion

Join  the COP26 Virtual Ocean Pavilion for access to live and on–demand COP26 ocean events, to explore virtual exhibition booths and discover the Treasure Trove to learn more about the ocean and climate connection. Dedicated to showcasing why the ocean matters in climate negotiations and to all life on our planet, the pavilion initiative aims to increase knowledge, commitment and action for the ocean-climate nexus at the UN Climate Conference (COP26) in Glasgow this November.

Register now for free access to live ocean events on November 1, 5, and 12, an overview of oceans events at COP26 and the option to view 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:

  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Feature interviews with Party negotiators and representatives of non-Party stakeholders to gain insights on the status of discussions;
  • Provide a gateway to ocean and climate stories from around the world through virtual exhibits, on-demand videos, reports and other online resources.

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


The Ocean Pavilion is 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.

IOC-UNESCO at COP26: Key events

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO is at the forefront of ocean science and knowledge that inform and underpin meaningful actions to understand, predict and address climate change. At COP26 the IOC will present its latest advances in the work on ocean and climate science for sustainable development. See the full list of key IOC UNESCO events here.

ICRS at COP 26: Key events

The International Coral Reef Society (ICRS) is an official observer at  COP26 and will be promoting the message – SAVE THE REEFS, SAVE THE PLANET. The ICRS representatives will be calling on all parties to do everything possible to meet the original Paris Agreement target of limiting warming to 1.5°C and lobbying national delegations to explain why this target is so important for reefs, and why reefs are so important for the oceans, for humanity and for the planet. ICRS will have a virtual booth at the Ocean Pavilion. ICRS has organised an event “Climate change mitigation and adaptation through coastal ecosystems conservation and restoration” on 3rd November  in the EU Pavillion at COP26 at 2.30pm (UK time). This event will also be available for online access. Register for the EU side event here.


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