Global Action

Ocean Decade Ecosystem

Global Ocean Decade Coordination

IOC Secretariat

The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO coordinates a wide variety of programmes in areas like ocean observations, tsunami warnings and marine spatial planning. The Secretariat supports Member States by helping build their scientific and institutional capacity, so they are able to meet their commitments to SDG14. The Secretariat has been mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to coordinate the overall work of the Ocean Decade.

Decade Coordination Unit

The Decade Coordination Unit (DCU) located in the IOC Secretariat. It is the central hub that manages the day-to-day operations and implementation of the Ocean Decade.

Decade Advisory Board

The Decade Advisory Board, composed of fifteen members, provides strategic technical advice on implementation of the Ocean Decade.

Ocean Decade Alliance

The Ocean Decade Alliance is a high-level group of eminent partners which aim to catalyze large-scale resource commitments towards the Decade through networking, resource mobilization and influence. Find out more!

Decade Coordination Offices and Decade Collaborative Centres

The Decade Coordination Offices (DCO) and Decade Collaborative Centres (DCC) are located in different parts of the world and hosted by other UN agencies or governments, international and regional organizations or other partners. They will support the work of the Ocean Decade and help coordinate efforts between national, regional and global initiatives, share knowledge and tools developed, create links between potential Decade partners and monitor and report on the impact of the Decade.

Decade Implementing Partners

Decade Implementing Partners are non-UN regional or international stakeholder organizations that sit outside formal governance and coordination structures of the Ocean Decade, while providing targeted support to the Decade Coordination Unit and decentralized coordination structures – including Decade Coordination Offices and Decade Collaborative Centres.

Informal Working Groups