One Ocean Hub and SCELG Members Mitchell Lennan and Elisa Morgera Publish Open-Access Article on COP26 Outcomes for the Ocean

Feb 2022 — SCELG member and Hub Researcher Mitchell Lennan and One Ocean Hub Director and SCELG Member Professor Elisa Morgera have published an open-access article in the International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law on the outcome of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) annual Conference of the Parties (COP26) climate negotiations in Glasgow in November 2021 and their impact for ocean governance. The article builds on analysis in two blog posts authored by Elisa and Mitchell immediately after COP26 on the impact of the negotiations for the ocean and human rights at the ocean-climate nexus.


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The article highlights that after over a decade of international efforts to include the ocean in the policy discussions at successive UNFCCC COPs the ocean has finally been included by, inter alia, a reference to ‘ocean-based action’ in a series of COP outcomes, notable among which is the cover decisions known as the ‘Glasgow Climate Pact’. It then provides the necessary background to the inclusion of the ocean in COP26 outcomes, including the Pact, and examines key issues, impacts and shortfalls of the Pact and other COP26 outcomes, including mitigation, adaptation, finance and human rights. It concludes with suggestions for priority research areas moving forward. 

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