Ethny Childs
24 August 2020

Decade of Ocean Science 2021-2030

We are pleased to announce that we are now officially a partner of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, whose vision is to develop scientific knowledge, build infrastructure and foster relationships for a sustainable and healthy ocean. The decade will provide a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity to create a new foundation, across the science-policy interface, to strengthen the management of our oceans and coasts for the benefit of humanity.

The IES is committed to promoting the work of environmental scientists from across the disciplinary range and championing systems-level thinking. The ethos of the Decade is well-aligned with our objectives and we will be working to enhance our support for marine and coastal scientists and facilitate cross-disciplinary working to meet the challenges of creating a sustainable and healthy ocean. 

The Decade will support the entire 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in line with our commitment to UKSSD, and will be kicking off in January 2021. In the meantime, if you are interested in contributing to the Decade, there are a number of opportunities to engage:

  • UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, the coordinating body of the Preparatory Phase of the Decade is looking for experts with relevant experience in communications, marketing and public relations to be part of the Communications Advisory Group for the Decade. Expressions of interest should be submitted by the 4th September;
  • Keep an eye out for the Ocean Decade Virtual Series, launching in September; 
  • Keep updated and follow #OceanDecade on social media.

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