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Foundations Dialogue for the Ocean Decade

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

UN Agency


The philanthropic community is a key player in mobilizing innovative and transformative science for a sustainable ocean. We invite you to join a global dialogue among Foundations engaged in ocean action. Join us to reflect on how to raise awareness, contribute ideas, build synergies and promote strategies to make ocean science more relevant to society in the context of the Ocean Decade.


The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) presents a historic opportunity to reverse the decline in ocean health and achieve the 2030 Agenda by advancing scientific knowledge, fostering technological innovation, and building capacity ocused around interactive panels and networking sessions, this global dialogue is organized by UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), as the UN coordinating agency for the Decade preparations, in partnership with the Velux Foundations.


Invited foundations:

Adessium Foundation - Paul G. Allen Philantropies - Paul M. Angel Foundation - Baltic Sea 2020 - Beijing Qiaonyu Foundation - Bertarelli Foundation - Benioff Ocean Initiative - Bloomberg Philantropies - Heinrich Böll Foundation - Boticario Foundation - Fondation BNP Paribas - The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK branch) - Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation - Foundation Carlsbergfondet - Dalio Philantropies - Disney Conservation Fund / The Walt Disney Company - Environmental Funders Network (Green Funders) - Fondation de France - Fondation de la Mer - German Ocean Foundation - Great Barrier Reef Foundation - Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust - IKEA Foundation - King Baudouin Foundation - Lao Niu Foundation - Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation - Lighthouse Foundation - Ellen MacArthur Foundation - John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation - Marisla Foundation - MAVA - Fondation pour la Nature - Minderoo Foundation - Mission Blue - Sylvia Earl Alliance - Mohamed bin Zayed Specides Conservation Foundation - Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection - Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation - The Nippon Foundation / Private Foundation - Novo Nordisk - Oak Foundation - Ocean Foundation - Ocean Reef Community Foundation - Oceano Azul Foundation - Oceans 5 - David and Lucile Packard Foundation - Pew Charitable Trusts - Planet Heritage Foundation - Plastic Solutions Fund - Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation - Rockefeller Foundation - Royal Carribean Cruises Ltd. - The Sasakawa Peace Foundation - Save Our Seas Foundation - Schmidt Family Foundation - Schmidt Ocean Institute - Science Philanthropy Alliance - Simons Foundation - Fundación Carlos Slim - Southern African Trust - Stiftung Mercator  - David Suzuki Foundation - Tara Océan - Tides Foundation - Tiffany and Co. Foundation - UN Foundation - Velux Foundations - Fondation Veolia - The Volkswagen Foundation - Vulcan Inc. - Waitt Foundation - Waitt Institute - Walton Family Foundation - Wellcome Trust


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