In accordance with the Resolution 72/73 of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC) has led the preparation of the Implementation Plan for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development through a highly participatory and inclusive process that has spanned nearly three years.
Version 2.0 of the Implementation Plan has been submitted to the 75th session of UNGA in accordance with Resolution 74/19.
-Version 2.0 of the Implementation Plan incorporates significant contributions from the Decade Executive Planning Group (EPG) comprising 19 global leaders in ocean science that was established in mid-2018, and an Informal Working Group of Early Career Ocean Professionals that was established in late 2019.
-It builds on discussions that were held in a series of global, thematic, and regional planning meetings that convened over 1900 participants from the scientific community, governments, UN entities, NGOs, private sector, and donors across ten ocean basins between June 2019 and May 2020.
-It reflects submissions from over 50 leading ocean institutions that informed the development of the scientific priorities of the Decade, and over 230 written submissions that were received in response to the peer review of the zero draft of the Implementation Plan in March and April 2020. This version of the Implementation Plan also benefited from a comprehensive review by the Member States of the IOC and members of UN-Oceans in June and July 2020.
-The Implementation Plan provides a framework for transformational action that will build on existing achievements and deliver action across geographies, sectors, disciplines, and generations. It is a non-prescriptive document and will evolve with time reflecting new possibilities, opportunities, and challenges.
For more information, please contact:
Programme Specialist, Marine Policy and Regional Coordination Section
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO