Bringing the Ocean to Society
23 Jul 2019
Report Available on the Decade of the Ocean First Global Planning Meeting
EurOcean cooperating member, IOC-UNESCO summarizes the priorities for the Decade as identified by global experts, knowledge gaps in addressing societal goals, and recommendations for the way forward.

The United Nations has proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to support efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health and gather ocean stakeholders worldwide behind a common framework that will ensure ocean science can fully support countries in creating improved conditions for sustainable development of the Ocean. 

Ocean leaders came together for the first Global Planning Meeting for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, in  Copenhagen, Denmark, from 13-15 May2019. Over the three days of meetings, working groups identified scientific knowledge gaps and research priorities for the 6 societal goals of the Decade. 

The Meeting Report was released on 22 July 2019, and will inform the preparation phase of the Decade and the development of the implementation and resource mobilization plan. The paper also identifies other non-research issues brought up during working group and plenary sessions that provide global guidance about what will be most important for the success of the Decade.

More information about the First Global Planning Meeting is available here.