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Information document: "Towards the Ocean We Need for the Future We Want"

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

UN Agency

The objectives of this information paper are to elaborate the idea of, and argue the case for, an international decade on ocean science for sustainable development.

The proposed "International (UN) decade of ocean science for sustainable development - Towards the ocean we need for the future we want" describes an initiative to develop a programme of work together with all interested parties in order to achieve major parts of the 2030 Sustainable Development agenda related to the ocean.

This  document includes the following information:

• Introduction 
• Spirit and opportunity of the 2030 agenda 
• Caring for the ocean - an urgent need and duty 
• Challenges and opportunities of the ocean 
• Proposal for an ocean decade 
• Harmony with and contribution to the sustainable development goals
 • Conceptual model of decadal programme: characteristics, structure and responsibility
• Conclusions: special features and characteristics of the ocean decade


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