The ocean covers over 70% of the planet, providing enormous benefits to sustain humanity and the planet Earth. To protect and preserve the ocean and all it sustains, the UN Ocean Decade provides a once in-a-lifetime opportunity to strengthen international cooperation needed to develop scientific research and innovative technologies that can connect ocean science with the needs of society.
The Regional Kickoff Conference will mark the launch of the UN Ocean Decade in the Western Pacific and its adjacent areas, and represent the beginning of the region-wide efforts in a substantive development and implementation of Decade Actions. It aims to catalyze partnerships among various ocean stakeholder communities in the region, and initiate co-design of transformative ocean science solutions to the Ocean Decade Challenges in order to achieve the Ocean Decade Outcomes.
The two-day conference will be composed of: a. a high-level segment featuring high level commitments from UN agencies, governments, business and private sectors, and other stakeholder groups; and b. a series of interactive side events entitled “Decade Action Incubators” aiming to facilitate the development of potential Decade Actions such as Decade Programmes and Projects, and key cross-cutting issues including capacity development and Early Career Ocean Professionals(ECOPs).
The Conference is organized by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO through its Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC), and hosted by the Government of Thailand through its Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, in partnership with a wide range of partners in the region.
The UN Ocean Decade Kickoff Conference for the Western Pacific and its adjacent areas presents a unique opportunity for various ocean stakeholders in the region, to organize side events aiming to catalyze partnerships, and initiate co-design of transformative ocean science solutions to the Ocean Decade Challenges in order to achieve the Ocean Decade Outcomes.
The side event entitled “Decade Action Incubator” will serve as an interactive forum to catalyze partnerships, strengthen dialogue from ocean knowledge generator to knowledge user, initiate co-designing processes, and facilitate the development of potential Decade Actions such as Decade programmes1, Decade projects2, and key cross-cutting topics including capacity development and Early Career Ocean Professionals.
Ocean stakeholders, including scientists, policymakers, philanthropic foundations, UN agencies, governments, NGOs and civil society, and private and business sectors, are invited to submit their proposals by 8 October 2021.
Each side event will run for a period of two hours.
Decade Action Incubators, as an integral part of the Decade Regional Kickoff Conference, will be organized virtually on 25-26 November 2021, except 13:00-15:00 pm, 25 November 2021.
The submission shall be made by filling out the event application form, providing a detailed description of the event, and how the event would contribute to one or more of the societal outcomes and challenges of the Decade.
The basic criteria for selection include the following:
•Alignment with the vision and mission of the Ocean Decade, and contribution to the societal outcomes and challenges of the Ocean Decade;
•Generation of transformative ocean science in comparison to what has been done before;
•Promotion of multidisciplinary, solution-oriented approach;
•Engagement of broad stakeholders, including private sector and major groups, and promotion of their interactions and actions;
•Consideration given to gender balance and geographic representation in the choice of speakers and panelists.
Would you like to participate?
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Would you like to organize aside event for Decade Action Incubator?
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1 A Decade programme is typically global or regional in scale and will contribute to the achievement of one or more of the Ocean Decade Challenges. It is long-term (multi-year), interdisciplinary and will consist of component projects, and potentially enabling activities
2 A Decade project is a discrete and focused undertaking. It may be regional, national or sub-national and it will typically contribute to an identified Decade programmed