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Chile To Highlight Importance Of Ocean At COP 25 Or ‘Blue COP’

“We are labelling it as a ‘Blue COP’ to underline the im­portance of oceans, but at the same time we want to set the foundation for further work,” Mr Cordano said."
09 May 2019 01:24
Chile To Highlight Importance Of Ocean At COP 25 Or ‘Blue COP’
From left-Jacob Hagberg, Ministry of Enviroment and Energy of Sweden, Julio Cordano UNFCCC negotions co-ordinator Ministry of Foreign Affairs Chile, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the Ocean, Peter Thomson, during the Climate and Ocean Negotiators’ Symposium preparation for the Blue COP 25 at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on May 8, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Chile plans to use the 25th session of the Conference of Parties (COP) meeting to highlight the impor­tance of the ocean when countries converge at San­tiago this December.

COP25 or ‘Blue COP’ will be held in Santiago, Chile, from December 2 to December 13.

Julio Cordano, who is the Negotiations Co-ordinator for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for Chile’s COP 25 Presidency, was part of the discussions at the Climate and Ocean Negotiators’ Symposium in Suva yesterday.

Mr Cordano said there was not much time to really act against climate change and the urgency of that message was quite clear.

“We are labelling it as a ‘Blue COP’ to underline the im­portance of oceans, but at the same time we want to set the foundation for further work,” Mr Cordano said.

“We will like to see that from COP 25 onwards every COP is a ‘Blue COP’.

“This is the first time we are formally sitting together and we have had the chance to discuss with other coun­tries, the scope of what actually Blue COP means.”

He said it was important that negotiators saw the wider picture so that the goals and aims set were realistic.

Implementing marine protected areas, sustainable fish­eries, enhancing recycling capabilities and the banning of plastics will be some of the scope areas for Blue COP.

Mr Cordano said he expected to leave the symposium with a better understanding of what the parties were aim­ing for and what the right outcomes for COP 25 would be.

“We are very ready to receive everybody in Chile for COP 25,” he said.

“We received the mandate of COP very late but we have been working day and night and now we have the dates and venues in place to prepare for the Blue Cop,” Mr Cordano said.

Edited by Percy Kean

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