From the smallest islands to the highest peaks – oceans, ice and climate change

26 September 2019, 9-11am
Light breakfast will be available form 8:30am

Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016




This event is part of Climate Week NYC, organised by the Climate Group. It takes place from September 23 to 29, 2019. Run in coordination with the UN and the City of New York, Climate Week continues to grow as the time and place for the world to showcase climate action and discuss how to do more. Businesses, governments, academic institutions, arts organizations, individuals and non- profit organisations participate in the week-long events program including panel discussions concerts, exhibitions, seminars and more.

A major assessment of the latest science on how climate change impacts oceans and the cryosphere – portions of Earth’s surface where water is frozen, including sea ice, snow cover and glaciers – is due on 25 September 2019. This latest special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is of great importance to some of the world’s most vulnerable countries – like small island states and the least developed countries.

For small islands, the report is highly relevant as it covers issues from sea level rise to impacts on coral reefs fisheries to extreme events such as storm surges. Many least developed countries will also face severe impacts to their coastlines, as sea levels rise, while melting glaciers spell disaster for millions of inhabitants of mountainous countries.

As detailed by the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C, half a degree of warming has significant implications for the most vulnerable and there is a need for rapid, widespread and transformative action to limit global temperatures. This latest report from the IPCC provides further information on implications of climate change for the many regions and ecosystems that are affected by changes to oceans and the cryosphere, and provides further scientific support for ambitious mitigation and adaptation to reduce these impacts.

Following closely the release of this major report, this event will outline its main findings and their implications for vulnerable countries. It will also discuss how the report’s findings can be incorporated into the on-going international climate negotiations, including the issue of climate change-induced loss and damage, and raising climate ambition.

Moderation: Kristian Teleki, Director, Sustainable Oceans Initiative, WRI


8:30 – registration/light breakfast
9:00 – event start
9:10 – Key findings from the report: focus on SIDS and LDCs – Dr Adelle Thomas, Senior Caribbean Research Associate, Climate Analytics
9: 25 – What does the special report on oceans and ice mean for mitigation? – Dr Michiel Schaeffer, Science Director, Climate Analytics
9:40– Q&A
9:55 – Panel discussion: Implications of the IPCC Special Report on Oceans and the Croyosphere for Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries & raising climate ambition
10:30 – Q&A
10:45 – close of event