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The ocean, the largest biome of the Earth, is under threat. Increasing and diversifying uses of the ocean, the multiple impacts of a changing climate, increased pollution, the continued growth of coastal cities, and human population growth writ large all threaten the ocean resources we have relied upon for centuries.
However, there is an opportunity for the private sector to significantly contribute to reversing the trend by leading and developing a robust and resilient Blue Economy that is needed for the prosperity of current and future generations.
The United 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 enabling the private sector and other stakeholders to collaborate in advancing scientific knowledge, knowledge-sharing and developing fit for purpose solutions that are ecologically beneficial and economically sound.
By mobilizing such partnerships, the Decade aims to increase investments 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).