United Nations Climate Change Meeting: UNFCCC COP28

COP28 (28th Annual Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)) took place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 30 November – 12 December 2023. 

POGO participated in the conference via several channels:

Official side event

(with co-host: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI))

Global ocean observations for equitable knowledge-based decision-making
Risks raised by climate-forced changes to the ocean elevate the need for timely solutions. The technological revolution offers a growing list of tools, but purposeful observation, collaboration, capacity building & stakeholder engagement are necessary to address challenges effectively and equitably.

Sun, 10 Dec 2023
SE Room 1

Livestream/recording: https://www.youtube.com/live/2wFGiLQHIlU?si=EvybG_UpcnVlUSYB

Moderator: Kiliparti Ramakrishna

Panel 1: Science and Technology

  • Carol Anne Clayson, WHOI
  • Jim Edson, WHOI
  • Lynn Talley, Scripps
  • Helen Findlay, PML

Panel 2: Data and Decision-making

  • Paula Sierra Correa, INVEMAR
  • Sophie Seeyave, POGO
  • Ed Hill, NOC

Pictured: Edward Hill (NOC), Sophie Seeyave (POGO), Kilaparti Ramakrishna (WHOI), Lynne Talley (Scripps Oceanography/UC San Diego), Paula Cristina Sierra-Correa (INVEMAR), Jim Edson (OOI/WHOI), and Carol Anne Clayson (WHOI). Not pictured: Helen Findlay (PML).


Sunday 3 December
5-6pm – Ocean Pavilion
Navigating African Waters: Advancing Ocean Observations for Sustainable Development

Moderator: Margaret Leinen (Scripps)
Speakers: Amr Hamouda (NIOF), Dr. Kilaparti Ramakrishna (WHOI), Prof Stephen Widdicombe (PML & GOA-ON), Dr Lilian Krug (POGO), Wentao Wang (The Administrative Centre for China’s Agenda 21), Suzan Elgharabawy (NIOF)

Livestream/Recording: https://www.youtube.com/live/soD7elWZ4tU?si=kLiKEoK_4GxliuY6

Monday 4 December
2-3pm – Ocean Decade/OceanX Pavilion
Ocean Climate Spotlight: Ocean Biomolecular Observing Network (OBON)

Speaker: Margaret Leinen

Friday 8 December
12-1pm – Liberia Pavilion, Zone B6, Building 73, Blue Zone
Liberia, the UNFCCC and ocean-climate action – opportunities, tools & challenges

Moderator: Asst. Professor Alvin Jueseah, Department of Fisheries & Aquaculture Sciences, University of Liberia
High Level Special Address: Professor Wilson K. Tarpeh, Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia
Panellists: Anthony Ndah (PML), Kalina Grabb (NOAA/GOAN), Sophie Seeyave (POGO)

Livestream/Recording: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?mibextid=KsPBc6&ref=watch_permalink&v=1064359991428723

Official EXHIBIT

(with co-hosts: Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) , International Coastal and Ocean Organization (ICO) and University of Plymouth)

Friday 1 December to Wednesday 6 December 2023
Stand 9, ‘Opportunity Petal’
Blue Zone

Why the Ocean Matters in Climate Negotiations: Sharing the latest developments in climate challenges, impacts & options towards sustainable ocean development connecting science, industry, policy & society on ocean action in the UNFCCC processes and strengthening NDCs.


The COP28 Virtual Ocean Pavilion is an online platform which aims to raise the visibility of the ocean and showcase why the ocean matters in climate negotiations and to all life on our planet. A virtual format ensures that the Pavilion is able to respond to changes in the COP28 schedule and will reach a much wider audience than just those able to attend COP28.

The portal will be live from 22 November – 12 December 2023, at https://cop28oceanpavilion.vfairs.com/

COP28 Dubai Ocean Declaration

POGO is a signatory on the COP28 Dubai Ocean Declaration, whereby the partners of the Ocean Pavilion at COP28 and associated stakeholders call on world leaders to support and foster efforts to greatly expand and improve ocean observations worldwide to provide a basis for understanding ongoing natural and anthropogenic change and for planning mitigation and adaptation strategies, with a particular emphasis on building capacity in developing nations and on expanding coverage of under-observed regions.

Read the full declaration here:

30 November, 2023 – 12 December, 2023

Expo City Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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