COP 27: The Ocean x Climate Summit


The ocean is our biggest ally in mitigating climate change, but it’s also bearing the brunt of the climate crisis. It’s time the ocean takes center stage in the global agenda to protect our blue planet.

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Covers 70% of the planet

Absorbs over 30% of global CO2 Emissions

Absorbs over 90% of the heat from global warming

Produces over 70% of the Earth’s oxygen


On 11 November 2022, Oceanic Global and partners will host an all-day Summit at the Park Regency in Sharm El-Sheikh, to immerse global stakeholders in the importance and potential of the ocean within the climate change narrative, and to support multi stakeholder action for the ocean and all it sustains.


The inaugural Ocean x Climate Summit was programmed in partnership with IOC UNESCO, supported by Salesforce and over 12 Community Partner organizations and brought together over 275 guests.




    High-level speakers will open the Ocean x Climate Summit with remarks on the intention of the event to center the ocean on the climate agenda.

    • Featured Performance: Joshua Sam MillerSounds of the Ocean
    • Host: Lea d’AuriolFounder and Executive Director, Oceanic Global
    • Vladimir RyabininExecutive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO & Assistant Director-General, UNESCO
    • Dr. Sylvia EarlePresident & Co-Chair, Mission Blue

    Scientific discovery, ocean exploration, and technological innovation all demonstrate how the ocean is our greatest ally in addressing climate change.

    • Moderator: Alejandro AlbaSenior Correspondent, NowThis
    • Racquel MosesUNFCCC Global Ambassador; Chief Executive Officer, Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator
    • Jojo MehtaCo-Founder & Executive Director, Stop Ecocide International
    • Lisa LevinProfessor emeritus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego; Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative
    • Dr. Carol O’DonnellDirector, Smithsonian Science Education Center
    • Holly GloverDivision Director of Advancement and Partnerships + Egyptian Students, Smithsonian Science Education Center
    • Yoko WatanabeGlobal Manager, UNDP GEF Small Grants Program
    • Vincent PieriboneVice President, OceanX

    • Henk RogersFounder, Blue Planet Alliance
    • H.E. Ambassador Samuelu LaloniuPermanent Mission of Tuvalu

    Both bottom-up grassroots initiatives and top-down approaches like a Global Plastics Treaty are needed to combat our plastic pollution crisis.

    • Moderator: Arizona MuseFounder, DIRT.charity; Model; Sustainability Consultant
    • Forbi Perise EyongAfrican Regional Representatives, Sustainable Ocean Alliance & Plastic Action Champion, Global Plastic Action Partnership, World Economic Forum
    • Tim GrabielSenior Lawyer & Policy Advisor

    Multi-stakeholder engagement and collective action at a localized level, in both islands and cities, is critical for creating long-term systemic change and to inspire others to follow suit.

    • Moderator: Kate BrownExecutive Director, Global Island Partnership
    • Mayor Mary-Jean TeMayor, Municipality of Libertad, Antique, Philippines
    • David OburaDirector, CORDIO East Africa
    • Daniel LinPasifika Storytelling Lead, Nia Tero
    • Sefanaia NawadraDirector General of SPREP
    • Petroc SestiArtist, The Reefline Project
    • Natasha BergBoD, Director of Strategic Communications & Partnerships, Oceanic Global

    This roundtable dialogue is an opportunity to create and support oceans and nature-based solutions in the COP27 negotiations and beyond.

    • Remarks By:
    • Joanna PostProgramme Management Officer, Secretariat of the UNFCCC
    • Angelique PouponneauDeputy Fellowship Director & Policy Advisor, Alliance of Small Island States
    • Loreley PicourtExecutive Director, Ocean & Climate Platform
    • Professor Amr HamoudaPresident of National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research
    • Co-Facilitators:
    • Alison ClausenProgramme Specialist IOC-UNESCO, Deputy Coordinator UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development
    • Courtney FieldmanUN High Level Champion: SIDS Breakthrough Lead
    • Valentina GermaniSenior Legal Officer, Programme Advisor, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea

    Reframing climate conversations to center on wisdom.

    • Moderator: Nathalie KelleyActress & Activist
    • WhaiaSonic Weaver; Ngāti Kahugnunu, Aotearoa, New Zealand
    • Dr. Rajendra SinghChairman, Tarun Bharat Sangh; “Waterman of India”
    • Teresa de Jesus & Pomaquero MintaThe Eagle and the Condor & Earthrise Collective; Quechua, Ecuador

    The tourism industry has the potential to be a critical ally in building climate resilience and sustainable livelihoods through driving behavior change and engaging directly with frontline communities.

    • Keynote: Andrea Belén & Stephen BrooksCo-Founders, Eterna Communities
    • Cassia PatelDirector of Programs, Oceanic Global
    • Jeremy SmithClimate Specialist, Travel Foundation
    • Keynote: Yoshioka TatsuyaFounder & Director, Peace Boat Ecoship

    Addressing climate change will require a shift to an alternative economic model that regenerates our natural world by harnessing the power of nature itself as a climate solution.

    • Moderator: Sophia LiJournalist & United Nations Human Rights Champion

    • Keynote: Ralph ChamiAssistant Director, International Monetary Fund; Co-Founder Blue Green Future and Co-Founder Rebalance Earth

    Blue Carbon is a key topic at this COP. This discussion will pull together the main issues and provide clarity on what needs to be done to unlock the potential of Blue Carbon.

    • Moderator: John VermilyeFair Carbon; Gallifrey Foundation; Co-Chair Mission Blue
    • Dr. Whitney JohnstonDirector of Ocean Sustainability, Salesforce
    • Nicholas Hardman MountfordHead of Oceans and Natural Resources, Commonwealth Secretariat
    • Dr. Josheena NaggeaAndré Hoffmann Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions and World Economic Forum; UNFCCC COP27 Nature Solidarity Fund Recipient

    • Featured Performance: AY YoungArtist; Founder of Battery Tour; UN Young leader for SDGs
    • Lea d’AuriolExecutive Director & Founder, Oceanic Global

The Ocean X Climate Appeal

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