Explore the Decade



Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

UN Agency

This document highlights a series of blog entries on the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (“Ocean Decade”). The series is produced by the International Science Council and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Comm

The Decade will provide a galvanizing opportunity worldwide to boost ocean science, to share knowledge on the ocean, and work together to meet Sustainable Development Goal 14 (the “ocean” SDG) and the other Goals with an ocean dimension. And it’s urgently needed: despite action to improve ocean management, the UN’s First World Ocean Assessment found that the ocean’s carrying capacity is near or at its limit.

The Ocean Decade aims to strengthen scientific capacity across the board, especially in areas where it’s currently limited, and to leverage recent advances in interdisciplinary working to generate new insights on the changes taking place in our ocean, and find new solutions. This is why we consulted members of our scientific communities – including social and natural scientists working on different issues related to ocean and sustainable development – about new voices we need to make the next 10 years of ocean science truly inclusive.


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