The UN General Assembly mandated UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), the only UN body responsible for supporting global ocean science and services, to coordinate the preparations and implementation of the Ocean Decade. Within the IOC Secretariat, the Decade Coordination Unit is the centralized coordination structure in charge of endorsing Decade Actions, facilitating connections between Actions and resource providers, and coordinating communication and engagement activities for and between key stakeholder groups, among others. Launched in January 2021, the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), the ‘Ocean Decade’, provides a convening framework for a wide range of stakeholders across the world to engage and collaborate outside their traditional communities to trigger nothing less than a revolution in ocean science. Throughout the Ocean Decade, partners will generate the data, information and knowledge needed for more robust science-informed policies and stronger science-policy interfaces at global, regional, national and even local levels. By collectively aligning research, investments and initiatives around a set of common challenges, the Ocean Decade community will contribute to a well functioning, productive, resilient, sustainable and inspiring ocean.

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  • Best Practices and Procedures for Operationalizing Marine Protected Area Network Monitoring: Synthesis of Global Insights and Recommendations for British Columbia’s Northern Shelf Bioregion. 

    Burt, Jenn; Andrachuk, Mark; Tamburello, Natascia; Epstein, Graham (ReConnect Consulting and ESSA Technologies, 2023)
    Marine protected area networks (MPANs)—collections of marine protected areas designed to operate synergistically within a region—offer opportunities for habitat protection at large spatial scales while still allowing ...
  • Ocean Decade Data & Information Strategy. 

    Akrofi, Joana; Armstrong, Edward; Aucan, Jerome; Bhaskar, Uday; Brönner, Ute; Taco, de Bruin; Buttigieg, Pier Luigi; Calewaert, Jan-Bart; Demargne, Louis; Diggs, Stephen; Filippone, Marco; Flier, Evert; Gann, Jeanette; Garcia, Hernan; Hill, Katy; Holdsworth, Neil; Larsen, Kirk; O'Brien, Kevin; Segebarth, Nicolas; Sharma, Rishi; Ulverud, Gry Hoeg; Wing, Kate (UNESCO, Paris, France, 2023)
    The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (the ‘Ocean Decade’) seeks to transform humanity’s relationship with the ocean, applying the full range of ocean science and knowledge to diagnose ...