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
This workshop will be part of a continued global dialogue throughout
2019 and 2020 via conference side-events, further thematic workshops and
the Decade Online Community Platform to inform the planning of the
The Decade of Ocean Science is an inclusive and truly global
initiative, and broad engagement will be key to success.