United Nations announces Decade of Ocean Science (2021-2030)

On December 6, 2017, the United Nations announced the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to mobilize the scientific community, policy-makers, business and civil society around a programme of joint research and technological innovation. 

The announcement of this Decade consolidates efforts by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) to boost international cooperation in ocean sciences. It will enable better coordination of research programmes, observation systems, capacity development, maritime space planning and the reduction of maritime risks to improve the management of ocean and coastal zones resources.

The Decade of Ocean Science will help accelerate progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 14(link is external)for the conservation and sustainable use of the ocean, seas and marine resources. 

For more information about the Decade of Ocean Science