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02-08-2019

Motivations for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

UN Agency

This article presents motivations for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, gives background information and describes goals, anticipated societal outcomes, main areas of research and development, and the approach to use them in achieving societal outcomes.

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, a specialized organization of the United Nations system for ocean observations, data, services and related capacity development, proposed to the United Nations to proclaim in 2021–2030 an international Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The idea of an ocean decade was directly linked to the 2030 Agenda adopted by the United Nations in 2015.  This article presents motivations for the Decade, gives background information and describes goals, anticipated societal outcomes, main areas of research and development, and the approach to use them in achieving societal outcomes.

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