The inaugural national meeting organized by the U.S. National Committee for the Ocean Decade sought to start a national dialogue on science-policy inputs to a collaborative and holistic ocean governance framework. It also publicly unveiled the first projects submitted to its “Ocean-Shots” initiative: ambitious, transformational research concepts that draw inspiration and expertise from multiple disciplines to “disrupt” and advance ocean science for sustainable development.
“Our goal in this launch year is to focus the intellect, enthusiasm, spirit, and broad expertise of the U.S. scientific community on Ocean Decade Challenges. We have gathered initial “Ocean Shot” ideas that could be developed into Decade Actions as part of the global efforts of the Ocean Decade and prove transformative in achieving the Ocean Decade goals. We have also made sure to engage early career researchers and youth who will be taking the reins on creating the sustainable ocean of the future.” explained Larry Mayer, Chair of the U.S. National Committee for the Ocean Decade.
Over 1,000 registrants from more than 700 US organizations and agencies participated in the two-day meeting which marked the beginning of a series of webinars, workshops and events.
The U.S. National Decade Committee will catalyse the engagement of UN partners in the Ocean Decade. . By implementing events and conferences related to the Decade, the committee will facilitate transformative action on a national scale and create synergies to achieve the Decade’s vision.
The U.S. National Committee launch closely followed the international A Brave New Ocean (3 February) virtual broadcast, the first major event of the Ocean Decade hosted by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, which convened over 15,000 viewers across social media to hear from Heads of State, philanthropists, business leaders, sports champions and engaged youth from all over the globe about their commitments to delivering the knowledge we need for the ocean we want in the course of the next ten years.
The “Ocean-Shots” initiative launched by the U.S. National Committee remains open to institutions, organizations and individuals involved in ocean protection in the United States, with information available on the Committee’s website. More information on the Call for Decade Actions process as part of the Ocean Decade can be found here.
U.S. National Committee for the Ocean Decade
Elizabeth Hillman National Academies of Science, Engineering, Medicine (NASEM)
Ocean Decade Central Coordination Unit
Ocean Decade Team