A. Ocean Data
B. Use of the REV Ocean vessel
C. The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)
D. Ocean Literacy
REV Ocean CEO Nina Jensen said: “We are super-excited to be working with the IOC, which is an extremely important organization for fostering international cooperation in ocean research and management. This is a partnership that is designed to achieve concrete and important results for the health of the ocean, and we can’t wait to get started on our joint initiatives. We will be strong supporters of the UN Decade of Ocean Science and tailor our activities to maximize synergies. We encourage everyone in the ocean space to do the same.”.
Together, REV Ocean and IOC will develop an Ocean Data and Information System to significantly improve the availability of ocean data and information, and to enable open source products and services catered to the needs of a broad community of users, including academia and ocean management institutions. The Ocean Data Foundation, which is founded by REV Ocean, will play an instrumental role in developing this system.
REV Ocean will make the state of the art, 182-meter research vessel available to train scientists from developing countries who will address core issues of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. In particular, the focus will be on ways to involve young scientists in research undertaken on the vessel.
“Everyone, and in this case every research vessel, has his or her role in the journey to a sustainable ocean, helping take our brightest minds to distant and less accessible parts of the ocean and convert their observations into knowledge that can raise awareness and shape solutions-oriented policies for science-based management of the ocean. Whether through this amazing vessel, or its work in raising awareness, or its innovative approaches to open ocean data, REV Ocean will be a true champion and key contributor to global work on the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development,” commented Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of UNESCO’s IOC to welcome the partnership.
The cooperation will also support the Ocean Decade Alliance as an effective platform to showcase the co-design and delivery of science-based solutions for ocean sustainability. Together the organisations will raise awareness about the Decade and its Alliance and encourage the engagement and commitments of the private sector towards the Decade goals.
Upcoming highlights include a planned event on board the REV Ocean vessel when it is in New York for the 2021 UN General Assembly. This is a unique opportunity to engage philanthropic support for IOC and the activities of the Decade and to build links between ocean science and business solutions.
REV Ocean will also support IOC work in Ocean Literacy and Capacity Development, through live streaming from the vessel and when the ship is docked in ports where people can interact with scientists on-board. This also includes activities in support of the IOC Ocean Teacher Global Academy.
About REV Ocean
REV Ocean is a not-for-profit company founded in June 2017 by Norwegian businessman Kjell Inge Rokke with one overarching purpose, creating solutions for a healthier ocean. Established in Fornebu, Norway, REV Ocean works to improve our knowledge of the ocean, make that knowledge more available and turn the knowledge into a new generation of ocean solutions and raise awareness of global impacts on the marine environment.
The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO), established in 1960 as a body with functional autonomy within UNESCO, is a specialized organization for marine science within the UN system. The purpose of the Commission is to promote international cooperation and to coordinate programmes in research, services and capacity-building, in order to learn more about the nature and resources of the ocean and coastal areas and to apply that knowledge for the improvement of management, sustainable development, the protection of the marine environment, and the decision-making processes of its Member States.
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