The National Decade Committee for Belgium was officially established on 2 December 2022. It is composed of a core group and an open group as a sounding board. The core group aims for a balanced representation (federal, Flanders, Wallonia, politics, research, industry, NGOs, education…) to serve as a central hub linking and engaging national and local actors involved in the Oceans Decade. Aiming to promote “transformative and demand-driven” actions on the challenges of the Oceans Decade and to facilitate the contributions and involvement of local and national actors.
Core group members list here.
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Ann-Katrien Lescrauwaet (Focal point, co-chair of core group)
Sophie Mirgaux (Chair of core group)
Juana Jimenez (NDC Secretariat)
Ann-Katrien Lescrauwaet, Director international relations, Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) | Email: email@example.com
Denmark, Greenland and Faroe Islands
The committee was established during a two-day open workshop 6-7 February 2023 with more than 70 participants, invited by the Danish Meteorological Institute and hosted at the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Copenhagen. The workshop concluded by agreeing on the Terms of Reference for the Committee, on the composition and members of the committee. This includes representatives from agencies and ministries from Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands, from research institutions, industry and organisations. A key outcome of the workshop has been the identification of nine thematic areas that will form the priority areas for the work of the committee. These are also part of the ToR for the Committee.
Steffen Malskaer Olsen, National Center for Climate Research Danish Meteorological Institute | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The committee was established 2.6.2021.The task of the Finnish National Committee is to draft a plan of actions for the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development in Finland and to coordinate its implementation.
Download the Finnish National Implementation Plan for the Ocean Decade
Jussi Soramäki, Senior Ministerial Advisor, Maritime policy, Government Strategy Department | Email: Jussi.Soramaki@gov.fi
The French National Decade Committee was launched on 7 December 2021. It brings together scientists, academics, representatives from the Government, civil society, NGOs, private sector companies, etc. in marine science and technology, thus covering many areas of expertise. Its role is to coordinate national activities as part of the Ocean Decade, to mobilize the French marine science and technology community to take part to the Decade, to disseminate information and to provide documentary resources on the challenges and issues of the Decade to the various stakeholders and citizens in order to rally them and motivate them to get involved in Decade activities.
Website: Commission Océanographique Intergouvernementale
Aurélie Chamiot-Prieur, Chargée de mission recherche milieux littoraux et marins, Mission Climat, Observation et Évolution du Système Terre, Sous-direction de la Recherche, Ministère de la Transition Écologique | Email: email@example.com
The National Committee (Ozean Dekadenkomitee) was created in the second half of 2020, allowing National Committee members to engage and shape the evolution of the Decade and its implementation in Germany early in the process. The Committee was formally established by the German IOC committee and members of the National Committee were drawn by an open application process from academia, non-profits, government, policy, early careers and industry, comprising a well-rounded body of expertise across multiple groups relevant to the Decade.
The National Committee will hold its launch meeting in June 2021 after the international launch event with the ambition to promote the Decade in Germany and engage participation from all sectors. The National Committee is developing a national action plan and established eight subgroups to facilitate engagement and action towards the Decade objectives. The National Committee website features some generic information about the Decade and will increasingly incorporate announcements made by the National Committee Members, upcoming events, opportunities for early-career professional and youth involvement, Q&A features of those engaged with the Decade, and a list of National Committee members.
Website: Ozean Dekadenkomitee
Link to List of Members
Martin Visbeck, GEOMAR Helmholtz Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Committee was created in the second half of 2021, allowing its members to engage and shape the evolution of the Decade and its implementation in Italy early in the process. The Comitato Nazionale Per il Decennio del Mare in Italia (CND-IT) promotes the objectives and opportunities of the UN Ocean Decade, encouraging and facilitating national contributions to Decade actions, also through the submission of proposals. It favours the participation of different typologies of stakeholders (including Academy, institutions Public, companies, associations and civil society) and free access to information and data, decision-making instruments based on science and / or opportunities for knowledge transfer and development of skills.
List of endorsed Decade Actions submitted by Italian Organisations:
- IT-NAVY HIGH NORTH PROGRAM
- The Science We Need for the Mediterranean Sea We Want
- The Current III “The Mediterraneans: “Thus waves come in pairs”
- CoastPredict – Observing and Predicting the Global Coastal Ocean
- Digital innovation Hand-in-Hand with fisheries and ecosystems scientific monitoring
- Ocean Literacy With All (OLWA): the change we need for the ocean we want
Rosalia Santoleri, Chair of the Italian Oceanographic Commission | Email: email@example.com
The National Committee of Norway was established on World Ocean’s Day in 2021. The committee represents central ocean communities in Norway, drawn from the fields of research, business sector, NGOs, communication, and public sphere.
The committee’s work builds on a plan for national Ocean Decade priorities. The priorities were formed by an expert group and launched in October 2020 with the document “The UN Decade of Ocean Science. Proposed priority areas for Norway”.
The proposed priority areas are:
- Climate and environment interactions
- Holistic ocean governance
- Healthy and safe seafood for all
- Renewable energy from the ocean
- Environmentally friendly maritime transport
- An ocean of data
- Who owns the ocean?
- Keeping the Artic as one
- Global ocean economy and development aid
- Everyone understands the ocean!
For the coming period the committees work is centered around activities that increases awareness of, and mobilizes to, the Ocean Decade, with special emphasis on the business sector. Ocean Literacy is also a central area for the committee with several planned activities ahead.
Read more about the committee: https://www.forskningsradet.no/en/about-the-research-council/Portfolios/Oceans/UN-Ocean-Science/norwegian-un-ocean-decade-national-committee/
Read the national priority plan: https://www.forskningsradet.no/en/about-the-research-council/Portfolios/Oceans/UN-Ocean-Science/the-decade-of-ocean-science-in-norway/
Website: The Research Council of Norway’s Ocean Secretariat
Link to proposed priority areas for Norwegian efforts.
Kjersti Fjalestad, The Research Council of Norway | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Slovenian National Decade Committee has been established and approved by the Slovenian National Commission of UNESCO at its meeting on August 2, 2021.
The National Decade Committee (NDC) acts as an expert and advisory body for the Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO. The tasks of the NDC include in particular:
– advising the Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO on issues related to the UN Ocean Decade 2021-2030: Oceanography for Sustainable Development;
– proposing and coordinating programmes and activities in the framework of the Ocean Decade (in cooperation with the National Committee of the IOC and the Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO);
– bringing together national stakeholders and coordinating their proposals for the Ocean Decade;
– ensuring the implementation of the adopted Ocean Decade Action Programme (in cooperation with the IOC National Committee and the Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO);
– participating in international activities of the Ocean Decade;
– ensuring publicity of the Ocean Decade among the interested public (in cooperation with the National Committee of the IOC and the Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO).
The NDC reports annually on its work to the Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO. The term of office of the NDC members is for the duration of the Ocean Decade, 2021-2030.
Vesna Flander-Putrle, National Institute of Biology, Marine Biology Station Piran | Email: email@example.com
Rafael González-Quirós Fernández, Director del Centro Oceanografico de Gijon | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2021 the Swedish government commissioned Formas, a government research council for sustainable development, to establish and host the National Committee for the Decade. The members in the committee represent national agencies of relevance for ocean, waters, polar regions, climate and international cooperation, marine researchers and NGOs. The largest annual event takes place on World Ocean Day, that will be arranged for the third time, June 8th 2022.
In parallel, the government has also commissioned Formas to carry out a 10-year national research program on ocean and waters that will enable synergies with implementation of the Decade.
Sweden will contribute to the implementation of the Decade, nationally and internationally by:
- Strengthen cooperation between different actors in marine research and innovation.
- Strengthen the coordination of investments in marine research and innovation.
- Disseminate, make available and utilize research and innovation generated by the Decade.
- Raise knowledge and awareness of the significance of the seas and ocean.
- Develop exchanges and collaborations between Swedish and international actors and initiatives.
- Continue to be a committed member of the IOC- Unesco
Information about the committee and activities are presented on a website. National Committee for the UN Decade of Ocean Science
John Tumpane, Swedish research council for sustainable development (Formas) | Email: email@example.com
The UK’s National Decade Committee is in the process of being formed. Its membership is comprised of members from UK’s Government and Devolved Administrations, and across the ocean science community, representing a range of sectors. The membership will embrace the breadth of ocean science, including the humanities, arts, health and social research and incorporate early career researchers. The Committee aims to promote and enable a whole of UK society approach to the Ocean Decade. It will support and work with UK Government and their representatives to the IOC, to engage the ocean science community and broader society and to inspire them to develop opportunities within the Decade. The National Committee will hold a launch meeting later in 2022. UK researchers and institutions are contributing to a variety of Ocean Decade Actions including Marine.Science, Joint Exploration of the Twilight Zone Ocean Network, Digital Twins of the Ocean and Seabed 2030.
Suzanne Painting, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org