Conservation International Pacific this week supported the high-level Oceans Pathway Partnership at the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP23). The Partnership, which was initiated by the COP23 Fiji Presidency introduces a soft landing for oceans in the Negotiations space with acknowledgement of the call for action from the UN Oceans Conference to pursue areas of convergence between the oceans and climate agenda.
In her statement, CI Oceans and Climate Change Manager for the Pacific, Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson applauded the initiative by COP23 Presidency and said CI will continue to work through existing regional platforms.
"We support for this partnership within the Framework of the Pacific Oceanscape and our continued support to the Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner as well as within our work on the Ocean Health Index," she said.
The launch of the Partnership engaged existing alliances and coalitions, Parties, CSOs, observers and institutions.
The Partnership according to the Fiji Presidency will strengthen cooperation of the Parties for the conservation and enhancement of the resilience of oceans under the UNFCCC; enhance the opportunity from current and emerging climate change funding under the UNFCCC for support of ocean health and the maintaining of critical oceans ecosystems; ensure stronger coordination for an emphasis on climate change and oceans on existing priorities including sustainable transport, cities and human settlements, population displacement and migration, coastal infrastructure, ecosystems, food security and energy; ensure the insertion of oceans into NDCs; and link existing oceans activities and partnerships.