During COP28, the pivotal gathering where global leaders converged to address pressing environmental and climate challenges, Cosmin Chivu, Project Officer at the International Ocean Institute Headquarters (IOIHQ), represented the IOI in a series of side events dealing with relevant Ocean thematics. His engagement underscored the commitment of the IOI to contribute meaningfully to the discourse on Ocean literacy, governance and conservation, underscoring the critical Climate - Ocean interaction.
Decarbonizing ocean-based sectors through trade, investment, and technology policies
9 December, Trade House Pavilion, co-organised by UNCTAD, FAO, IMO, UNWTO, OECS and IOI
In representation of the IOI, Mr Chivu was invited on the panel of the UNCTAD side-event on “Decarbonizing ocean-based sectors through trade, investment, and technology policies” that took place on the 9th December 2023 at the Trade House within COP28. The objective of this session was to identify main strategies for decarbonization in place, identify relevant multilateral and regional policy, regulatory and data gaps and identify most promising technologies, sectoral, trade and investment incentives that could speed up a renewable energy transition, particularly in developing countries.
The central ethos of the IOI was reflected in his speech, underscoring how Ocean literacy is a linchpin in the pursuit of effective decarbonization strategies in Ocean-based sectors, and how this connection becomes particularly crucial when examining the essential interplay between the Ocean, Trade and Climate, which forms the foundation for evolving climate conditions and, consequently, the well-being and safety of all stakeholders. This is especially pertinent for developing countries and vulnerable communities, who frequently endure the severe consequences of climate change.
Special Session on the Concept of Ocean Literacy and its Importance
9 December, TERRE GCC Climate Hub Zone B7, 88 Building Energy and Finance, COP28 Dubai
Additionally, and under the excellent organisation of IOI Ocean Academy India partners TERRE Policy Centre, a special thematic session focused on Ocean literacy further highlighted how Ocean knowledge - especially in local communities – can contribute and facilitate sustainable living. After an introduction from Mr Sagar Lakhotia (Terre Policy Centre) that underscored the importance of knowledge and the implementation by the local communities to achieve a healthy environment and sustainability, Mr Cosmin Chivu showcased the IOI Ocean Academy global programme as a compelling illustration of educating for Ocean literacy, climate action and sustainability.
The IOI Ocean Academy effectively enhances the Ocean literacy of people worldwide, breaking down barriers of age, access, education, and language. The global IOI Ocean Academy serves as a successful model in aligning with Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The IOI expressed gratitude for the dedication and efforts of its partners globally in implementing this ambitious ocean literacy project, with special acknowledgment for the partner team involved in the India programme. The session was ably moderated by Vinita Apte, Founder Director, TERRE Policy Centre and Director, IOI Ocean Academy, India.