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Welcome and Opening Ceremony

Welcome Remarks, Professor Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director, European Environment Agency

Oceans, Coasts and Small Island Developing States at the Frontline of Climate Change, Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain, Co-chair and Head of Secretariat, Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands, and University of Delaware

The Imperative of Linking Climate and Oceans in the New Climate Regime, Dr. Fadel Muhammad,Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesia

Oceans and Climate Change, The Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, United Kingdom

Keynote Address, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

Panel 1: Impacts of Climate Change on Oceans, Coasts, and Small Island Developing States (SIDS): Ocean Warming, Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather Events, Ocean Acidification, Coastal Erosion, Polar Changes, Impacts on Fisheries and Aquaculture, Impacts on Marine Biodiversity

Chair: Dr. Patricio Bernal, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO


Dr. Tony Haymet, Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Dr. Susan Avery, Director and President,Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Impacts on Tropical Environments
Dr. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Director, Global Change Institute, University of Queensland
Dr. Indroyono Soesilo, Secretary, Coordinating Ministry for Peoples’ Welfare, Indonesia

Polar Changes and Impacts on the World
Dr. Martin Sommerkorn, Senior Climate Change Advisor, Arctic Program,WWF
Ms. SheilaWatt-Cloutier, former Chair, Inuit Circumpolar Council

Impacts on Fisheries and Aquaculture
Ms. Cassandra De Young, Fisheries Policy, FAO
Dr. Edward Allison, Policy Director,WorldFish Center
Dr. Svein Sundby, Leader of The Climate-Fish Programme, Institute of Marine Research, Norway

Impacts on Marine Biodiversity
Dr. Gary Borisy,Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory
Mr. Christophe Lefebvre, French Marine Protected Areas Agency

Panel 2: Ocean Acidification: The Other CO2 Problem

Chair: Dr. Carol Turley, Senior Scientist, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, POGO, European Project on Ocean Acidification and the UK Programme on Ocean Acidification

Dr. Victoria Fabry, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Dr. Robert Dunbar, Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University
Dr. Scott Doney,Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Mr. Tariq Banuri, Director, Division for Sustainable Development, UNDESA
Ms. Jacqueline Savitz, Oceana

Panel 3. Ocean-Based Mitigation Responses to Climate Change

Chair: Dr. Alan Simcock, Former Co-Chair, UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

Dr. Ralph Rayner, Vice President, IMarEST
Ms. Karin Sjolin-Frudd, Senior Adviser, Marine Environment Division, International Maritime Organization (IMO)
Dr. David Johnson, Executive Secretary, OSPARM
Mr. Jonathan McDonnell, Project Manager, Danish Yacht
Mr. Carl Lundin, Head, IUCN Global Marine Programme

Panel 4. Adaptation Responses to Climate Change

Chair: Dr. Friedrich Barth, Director, Energy and Environment Group, UNDP


Global Perspectives
Ms. Lynne Hale, Director, Global Marine Initiative, The Nature Conservancy
Dr. Jacqueline Alder, Coordinator,Marine and Coastal Ecosystems Branch, UNEP
Mr. Christian Severin, Program Manager, InternationalWaters, GEF

Regional, National, and Local Perspectives
Dr. Nguyen Chu Hoi, Deputy Administrator, VietnamAdministration for Seas and Islands
Dr. Evelia Rivera Arriaga, Secretaria de Medio Ambiente y Aprovechamiento Sustentable, Gobierno del Estado de Campeche, on behalf of, Mr. Fernando E. Ortega Bernes, Governor, State of Campeche,Mexico
Mr. Mike Chrisman, Secretary for Natural Resources, California, US
Dr. Ram Boojh, National Professional Officer, Ecological and Earth Sciences, UNESCO, India

Panel 5. Mobilizing Governments and the Public and Private Sectors for Action

Chair: Mr. David S.McCauley, Principal Climate Change Specialist, Climate Change Program Coordination Unit, Regional and Sustainable Development Department, Asian Development Bank


National and Regional Initiatives
Dr. Paul N. Otuoma, Minister for Fisheries Development, Kenya
Dr. Kwame Koranteng, Coordinator, EAF-Nansen Project, Fisheries Management and Conservation Service (FIMF), Food and Agriculture Organization

The Coral Triangle Initiative
Dr. Fadel Muhammad, Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesia
Mr. Gordon Darcy Lilo,Minister of Environment, Conservation and Meteorology, Solomon Islands

Mobilizing the Public and Private Sectors for Action
Mr. Philippe Vallette, General Manager, NAUSICAA and Co-President, World Ocean Network

Panel 6. Moving Forward on Oceans and Climate in a Post-Copenhagen Regime

Chair: Ambassador Ronald Jumeau, Seychelles Ambassador to the UN
Special Address: Ms.Monique Barbut, Chief Executive Officer, Global Environment Facility

Ms. Angela Cropper, Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme
Mr. Robert Calcagno, Head, Oceanographic Museum, Monaco
Mr.William Eichbaum, Vice-President,WWF-US
Mr. Tiago Pitta e Cunha, Cabinet of Commissioner Joe Borg, DG MARE, European Commission
Dr. Jung-Keuk Kang, President, Korea Ocean Research and Development Institute (KORDI)
Prof. Raphael Lotilla, Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia

Perspectives from World Leaders and Reception


Dr. Gellwynn Jusuf, Chair, Agency for Marine and Fisheries Research, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesia

Prof. Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director, European Environment Agency

Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain, Co-chair and Head of Secretariat, Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands, and University of Delaware


Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Under Secretary of Commerce and Administrator of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), US

Mrs. Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, South Africa

Mr. Karl Falkenberg, Director General, DG Environment, European Commission

Dr. IbrahimThiaw, Director, Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Mr. Warren Evans, Director, Environment Department,World Bank