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Ocean Decade Virtual Series: Blue Foods, Science for a Sustainable Future

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

UN Agency


The world will have an additional 2 billion people to feed over the next 30 years. Today the ocean makes a significant contribution to food security and nutrition, and it holds the potential to play an even bigger role in the global food system.

The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (the Ocean Decade) seeks to trigger a revolution in ocean science that will take us from ‘the ocean we have’ to ‘the ocean we want’. To realize the ocean’s potential for sustainably producing aquatic foods, it is necessary to apply scientific knowledge toward innovative solutions and to inform sound decision-making. 

 This event, “Blue Foods: Science for a Sustainable Future”, will explore how to generate knowledge that provides the basis for innovation and solutions to optimize the role of the ocean in sustainably feeding the world’s population under changing environmental, social and climate conditions to achieve a productive ocean supporting sustainable food supply and a sustainable ocean economy.

To sustainably increase aquatic food production for a growing world population, it is necessary to improve fisheries assessment and management systems in all regions by ensuring that the best available scientific advice is duly considered in decision-making processes. 

 Science can also support continued growth of aquaculture, particularly through innovative practices which ensure social, environmental, and economic sustainability. Science can also ensure that fisheries and aquaculture contribute more effectively to food security and nutrition, economic growth and jobs, and to enabling women’s empowerment. 

This event will introduce the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and its ambitions to support food security, and foster transformative partnerships for a successful implementation. The panel discussion will focus on key science knowledge, capacity gaps and opportunities to achieve sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, and inspire solution-oriented actions to support implementation of the Ocean Decade.

Moderator: Dr Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, Global Lead, Nutrition and Public Health, WorldFish

Dr Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO
Ms Alison Clausen, Programme Specialist, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

Dr Manuel Barange, Director, Fisheries Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Professor Christina Hicks, Lancaster University

Ms Graça D’Almeida, Director of Resource Management, Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Namibia
Dr Stefan Gelcich, Professor, Instituto Milenio en Socio-ecología Costera, Ponteficia Universidad Catolica de Chile
Ms Han Han, Founder and Executive Director, China Blue Sustainability Institute
Dr Flower Msuya, Chairperson and Facilitator, Zanzibar Seaweed Cluster Initiative
Dr Henrik Österblom, Science Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre

Closing Remarks
Dr Vera Agostini, Deputy Director, Fisheries Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

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