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Regional Arctic Ocean Decade Workshops (April-May) - UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

UN Agency


This event will provide a forum to gather ocean leaders/champions/key stakeholders to further discuss and prioritize the issues identified at the First Global Planning Meeting.

The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) presents a once-in a life time opportunity to deliver scientific knowledge and ensure that ocean science can fully support countries' actions to sustainably manage the ocean and achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Regional Arctic Ocean Decade Workshop held in Copenhagen (Denmark)29 April - 1 May is part of a global consultation process in the preparation of the UN Decade, where the focus is the Arctic. It offers an opportunity to formulate,discuss, prioritize and formulate proposals for Arctic initiatives to be framed under the Decade.

The workshop is hosted by the Danish Center for Marine Research in collaboration with UNESCO's IOC.The Arctic deserves special focus as the region is currently experiencing rapid change. This is materialized as changes in physical and chemical conditions, modifications to ecosystem structure ans the distribution of species, and an increase of commercial activities.

This workshop will provide outputs aligned with the five regional planning workshops, defined as part of the consultation phase of the Ocean Decade.They will address the six societal objectives of the Decade:
-A Safe ocean
-A Sustainable and Productive Ocean
-A Transparent and accessible Ocean
-A Clean Ocean
-A Healthy and resilient Ocean
-A Predicted Ocean

This workshop aims to identify how business, policy and science can work together on Arctic issues, focusing on:
-Identifying knowledge gaps and Arctic ocean science priorities for the 2030 Agenda
-Defining possible common regional ocean policy priorities
-Leveraging existing Arctic partnerships/networks/initiatives and identifying those lacking
-Involving local and indigenous communities and knowledge, and contributing to further development of regional ocean literacy
-Selecting priority themes and topics to be addressed by the Decade from a sustainable development perspective


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