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Advancing Science for Sustainable Ocean Business: An Opportunity for the Private Sector

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

UN Agency

This publication serves as a guide to showcase how the private sector is well-positioned to maximize emerging ocean business opportunities in a sustainable manner by building on their investments in advancing ocean science.

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Executive Summary

The ocean, the largest biome of the Earth, is under threat. Increasing and diversifying usesof the ocean, the multiple impacts of a changing climate, increased pollution, the continuedgrowth of coastal cities, and human population growth writ large all threaten the oceanresources we have relied upon for centuries. 

However, there is an opportunity for the privatesector to significantly contribute to reversing the trend by leading and developing a robust andresilient Blue Economy that is needed for the prosperity of current and future generations. 

TheUnited Nations (UN) will launch the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2(the Decade) in 2021, which will focus on securing a healthy and a resilient ocean by enablingthe private sector and other stakeholders to collaborate in advancing scientific knowledge,knowledge-sharing and developing fit for purpose solutions that are ecologically beneficialand economically sound. 

By mobilizing such partnerships, the Decade aims to increaseinvestments in key priority areas where the ocean plays a critical role in achieving the 2030Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).


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