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Workshop on UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

United Nations


Regional consultation for ocean leaders/champions/key stakeholders to discuss and prioritize the issues for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 presents a once-in a life time opportunity to deliver scientific knowledge, foster technological innovation, and build capacity to achieve the 2030 Agenda and reverse the decline of ocean health. This will be a truly global effort based on inclusive partnerships flourishing in a global research and innovation ecosystem. Following the First Global Planning Meeting, held in May, in Denmark, a Pacific Community Workshop will be convened 23-25 July, in Noumea, New Caledonia, hosted by the Pacific Community (SPC) and co-organized with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) as coordinating body for the Decade.

This event will provide a forum to gather approximately 50 ocean leaders/champions/key stakeholders to further discuss and prioritize the issues identified at the First Global Planning Meeting. Plenary and working groups will facilitate regional, interdisciplinary discussions across sectors (such as: ocean science and technology; ocean policy and sustainable development; business and industry; NGOs and civil society; donors and foundations) to identify concrete deliverables and partnerships to meet the Decade's six societal objectives

The Pacific Community Workshop offers a crucial opportunity to co-design mission-oriented research strategies in line with the 2030 Agenda and the Samoa Pathway, focusing on Small Island Developing States specific needs and priorities in terms of transforming knowledge systems; accelerating transfer of technology; enabling training and education; and fostering science-policy dialogues.

The Pacific Community Workshop will aim to identify:

  • Knowledge gaps and regional ocean science priorities for the 2030 Agenda and the Samoa Pathway
  • Existing relevant partnerships/networks/initiatives and potential ones/interested partners
  • Priorities in capacity-development/training
  • Priority themes and topics to be addressed by the Decade
  • Other regional initiatives and meetings to be aligned with the Decade

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