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Ocean Decade Virtual Series - Fostering innovative ocean science partnerships for Small Island Developing States in the Ocean Decade

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

UN Agency


The Decade will provide a framework for collaborative and participative ocean research, and support better integration of diverse knowledge systems from different science disciplines and ocean communities.

Convened by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the Natural Sciences Sector of UNESCO, in partnership with United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS), this virtual session will focus on the importance of partnership-based approaches to ocean science for sustainable development in SIDS.

The session will explore transformative partnerships (including SIDS-SIDS cooperation) required to foster knowledge generation, solution-oriented and transdisciplinary research, and to support innovation.


This session will be moderated by H.E. Dr. Satyendra Prasad Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN.

Opening statements from partners
-Under-Secretary-General Fekitamoeloa Utoikamanu, UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States
-Dr. Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences at UNESCO, SIDS focal point, Natural Sciences Sector of UNESCO
-Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and Assistant Director-General at UNESCO

Opening statement from Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)

-H.E. Mrs Janine Felson, Deputy Permanent Representative of Belize to the UN and Deputy Chairperson of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)

The Ocean Decade and the SIDS

-Dr. Jens Kruger, Acting Deputy Director - Ocean and Maritime Program, Pacific Community, and Member of the Executive Planning Group - Ocean Decade

Panel and Interactive dialogue

1-Transformative partnerships to foster co-design and co-delivery of science and technology in SIDS
-H.E. Dr. Aubray Webson, Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations, Co-chair of Steering Committee on SIDS Partnerships
2-Opportunities of collaboration across regions
-Ms. Kate Brown, Executive Director, Global Island Partnership
3-Indigenous and local knowledge systems as catalyst for successful and sustainable solution-oriented research
- Dr. Frances Koya Vaka’uta, Director, Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies & Pacific Heritage Hub, The University of the South Pacific
4-Knowledge and innovation in support of a sustainable ocean for SIDS – Research in support of regional governance and actions
-Dr. Alejandro Acosta, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
5-Science and partnership in support of National ocean policy development in Pacific SIDS as a model for integrated ocean management
-Ms. Grace Kaue, Principal Legal Officer, Office of Ocean Affairs- Ocean Affairs Secretariat, Department of Justice and Attorney General,  Papua New Guinea

Question & Answer Period



Marie-Elaine Boivin
Programme Specialist – IOC of UNESCO

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