This global event will bring together the Ocean Decade community and partners to celebrate achievements three years after the start of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). The event will offer governments, universities, the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other stakeholders an opportunity to reflect on progress and set a collective vision and joint priorities for the future of the Decade. A key Conference outcome will be the publication of a set of white papers to identify future priorities for the Ocean Decade to generate knowledge on science-based solutions to biodiversity conservation, climate change, food security, a sustainable ocean economy, pollution, and natural hazards.
The Government of Spain is hosting the event, which is co-organized with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO). Additional event partners include the Government of Catalonia and the Barcelona City Council through the Barcelona Capital Náutica Foundation, and the Spanish National Ocean Decade Committee, which is led by the Ministry of Science and Innovation through the Spanish Research Council (CSIC).
The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) aims to bring together ocean stakeholders globally to ensure that ocean science supports countries in achieving SDG 14 (life below water). The Decade will also encourage science and data that support efforts to reverse declines in ocean health and contribute to achieving the vision of the “science we need for the ocean we want”. The UN General Assembly (UNGA) mandated the IOC with coordinating the preparatory process for the Decade.
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dates: 10-12 April 2024
location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain