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Ocean Decade Launch in Brazil

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The United Nations declared the Ocean Science Decade for Sustainable Development between the years 2021 and 2030 to build an integrated approach and ensure that ocean science fully supports countries in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In Brazil, action plan for the Oceanic Science Decade is led by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations (MCTI), Unesco Brazil and a number of partners, to foster the debate on the generation of knowledge and the use of coastal and marine space in the country. The science we need for the ocean we want!

One Planet, One Ocean - The Decade in the World 

This April 20th will be marked by the official launch of the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) in Brazil. The Ocean Decade is a world event, conceived by the United Nations in 2017, which aims to mobilize scientists, administrators, politicians and the whole society to protect the ocean which, despite covering 71% of the planet Earth's surface, is little known and preserved. 

 To mark the Launch of the Decade, between April 20th and 22nd, a series of online events will take place to propose the dialogue and reflection on the urgent actions necessary to mobilize society to approach, learn about, contribute to and protect the ocean. 

 Ocean, in the singular, to raise awareness of the need to unite peoples and continents around an ocean that impacts and is impacted by all. The idea of a global ocean represents the connectivity of this largest biome on the planet, providing food security, climate regulation and other essential services for humanity. 

Therefore, one of the main efforts of the Oceanic Science Decade will be to shift the political and social perception of the ocean towards the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 14 - Life in Water, which make up part of the Agenda 2030 commitments. The first effort of the Decade is to reinforce the idea that we have only one ocean, which involves, impacts and is affected by everyone on the planet, both those who live near or far from the sea. 

The launching week of the Ocean Decade will be marked by the release of the inspirational three minutes long video "DECADE OF THE OCEAN IN BRAZIL", presenting to the general public what the Decade is, the threats that affect our seas and what we should do to ensure its integrity for the future. With the voice of Mateus Solano, a famous Brazilian actor, environmentalist and defender of the Clean Seas campaign of UN Environment, the video has the official endorsement as an activity of the UN Decade issued by the International Oceanographic Commission - IOC, linked to Unesco, which coordinates the Decade globally.  

  • Program of Events

The video opens the launch week of the Decade which will have the following schedule: 

April 20th: 

Launch of the Ocean Decade in Brazil - moderated by the journalist and representative of the League of Women by the Ocean Paulina Chamorro who debates with Brazilian guests topics like clean ocean, healthy and resilient ocean, predictable ocean, productive and sustainable ocean, transparent ocean and an inspiring and engaging ocean. 

Ocean Connection: coastal marine legislation and public policies - debate promoted by Fundação Grupo Boticário with the participation of specialists on the subject. The event will shed light on bills, laws and initiatives that have positive and negative impacts on the marine environment. 

Time: 07:00pm Location: Facebook of the Grupo Boticário Foundation 

April 21st:

Launch of the Brazilian Olympics of Oceanic Culture and web series Oceanic Culture - an event promoted by the Programa Maré de Ciência (Science Tide Program)/UNIFESP, UNESCO and MCTI to launch the Brazilian Olympics of Oceanic Culture for the participation of students and teachers from all over Brazil. The Ocean Culture web series will also be launched, which will bring 50 episodes with the content on Ocean Culture for the whole society. 

Time: 05:00pm Location: Facebook and Youtube Maré de Ciência 

April 22nd: 

Debate with the authors of the SBPC Science and Culture Journal on the Ocean Decade - On this 22nd of April, the Decade of Oceanic Science for Sustainable Development invites everyone to a chat about the Ocean with experts and authors of the special issue of the Science & Culture Magazine, a publication of the Brazilian Society for the Progress of Science (SBPC). 

Time: 17: 00h Location: Youtube Decada https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmYRVH7W0x0ISx5KHakHqGA/featured 

The authors provide an overview of the situation of the ocean in Brazil, the main challenges and the necessary participation of all society in the Decade is being thought out so that we can achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 (Agenda 2030). The debate has the participation of scientists, journalists, civil society and representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), each with different approaches. The Decade of Ocean Science in Brazil brings together numerous partners from research and teaching institutions, Non-Governmental Organizations, Civil Society and partner companies. Coordination is carried out by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI).

Round table participants:

 ● Moderator: Karen Silverwood-Cope, karen.cope@mctic.gov.br, General Coordinator for Ocean, Antarctica and Geosciences, Department of Natural Sciences, Secretariat for Research and Scientific Training. Curriculum Lattes: http://lattes.cnpq.br/8784050887472811 

 ● "Ocean Science in Brazil and transversal challenges for the production of knowledge".  Academia: Alexander Turra, turra@usp.br, professor at the Oceanographic Institute of the University of São Paulo (IOUSP). Curriculum Lattes: http://lattes.cnpq.br/9028595280598723 

● “Tide of information to promote oceanic culture" Communication: Paulina Chamorro / Germana Barata, scientific disseminator and researcher at the Laboratory of Advanced Studies in Journalism (Labjor) at the State University of Campinas (Unicamp). germana@unicamp.br Curriculum Lattes: http://lattes.cnpq.br/0932728498482206 

● "Ocean connection, science and society" Civil Society: Enrico Marone Communication Manager at Rare Brasil emarone@rare.org 

 ● "The perspective of the future and the potential for social and economic transformation based on ocean science" ECOPS: Jana del Favero, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Marine Biology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). delfaverojana@gmail.com Curriculum Lattes: http://lattes.cnpq.br/0896371656987762 

● The Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. I dont care? Academia: Ronaldo Christofoletti, Professor at Institute of the Sea, Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp). christofoletti@unifesp.br Curriculum Lattes: http://lattes.cnpq.br/4170381439518486. Murilo Fernandes Carvente - Director of Processes at Instituto do Mar Júnior - Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp). 

In addition to the April launch, it is also expected for 2021: 

1. Round table on the Decade of the Ocean in Brazil at CILAC on 28 of April: http://forocilac.org/, organized by UNESCO-Brazil 

In Brazil, the Ocean Decade is organized by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations (MCTI), which is the scientific representative of Brazil in the Unesco Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. Learn about the team of the steering group of the Decade by accessing http://decada.ciencianomar.mctic.gov.br

  •  More information can be found in the references and links: 

● Página Oficial: http://decada.ciencianomar.mctic.gov.br/ 

● Portal Global - Ocean Decade, da Comissão Oceanográfica Intergovernamental (COI) da UNESCO, Nações Unidas 

A Ciência que precisamos para o oceano que queremos: Década das Nações Unidas da Ciência Oceânica para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável (2021-2030) 

● Kit Pedagógico Década Oceânica: CULTURA OCEÂNICA 

Relatório Mundial sobre Ciência Oceânica (Resumo Executivo) 

Relatório Ciência Oceânica 

  • The Decade in Brazil - The ocean belongs to all of us! 
In Brazil, MCTI, scientific representative in UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (COI), is responsible for implementing the Decade of Ocean Science. In 2019 and 2020 he carried out activities to prepare Brazil for the Decade, including the South Atlantic Regional Planning Workshop, national webinars and subnational workshops in all regions. 

The organization and coordination of the Decade is based on engagement and partnership. This Decade will be for everyone: scientists, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, nations and individuals, research institutes, professionals and the private sector, fishermen, indigenous peoples and holders of traditional knowledge, educators and students, for recreation and leisure, ocean sports users , artists and many others. 

The National Plan for Implementing the Decade is under construction in a collaborative and participatory manner and will be available soon. For the preparatory phase, different events were held, including a Regional Workshop of the South Atlantic in 2019 and, between August and December 2020, two national webinars (one beginning and one closing), in addition to five structured subnational online workshops counting with 7 working groups corresponding to the expected results for the Decade. 

See more in the Brazil Activities Report 2019-2020

Find out more about our initiatives by accessing reference documents and videos on the Decade of Ocean Science channel in Brazil. 



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