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                                                                                                                                                                ear friends, please
                                                                                                                                                                receive our very
                                                                                                                                                         Dwarm greetings.

                                                                                                                                                          As you know, this year, 2019,
                                                                                                                                                          is a very important year for
                                                                                                                                                          the protection of our oceans
                                                                                                                                                          from climate change.

                                                                                                                                                          Our knowledge of the
                                                                                                                                                          oceans, although still limited,
                                                                                                                                                          has provided considerable
                                                                                                                                                          information and evidence that turn
                                                                                                                                                          on the alarms to push us to promote
                                                                                                                                                          concrete actions to protect our oceans.

                                                                                                                                                          The IPCC special report on the oceans is a very
                                                                                                                                                          important document that will give us scientific evidence
                                                                                                                                                          that shows the need to move fast, with urgency, to protect our oceans.

                                                                                                                                                          Time is running out. This is why Chile has been pushing to highlight this problem. In
                                                                                                                                                          our vision there cannot be an effective global response to climate change without a
                                                                                                                                                          global response on the ocean issues.

                                                                                                                                                          For Chile, presiding over COP25 represents a great opportunity to put the ocean
                                                                                                                                                          issues in the climate agenda. So, we await you all in Madrid in December this year. In
                                                                                                                                                          the “Blue COP,” we will make great changes.

                                                                                                                                                          Carolina Schmidt
                                                                                                                                                          COP25 President and Chile Environment Minister

                                                                                                                                                          Adapted from a video addressing a special preparatory meeting in Madrid in spring 2019.

        2       Plaza Mayor - Madrid. Photo credit: Tomasz Baranowski (CC BY 2.0).                                                                                                                                                     3
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