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UNESCO launches first Ocean Decade Actions to drive ocean knowledge revolution

Paris, 8 June – In the context of global celebrations for World Oceans Day, UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission announced the first Actions officially endorsed as part of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, 2021-2030 (the ‘Ocean Decade’).

“From restoring the Great Barrier Reef to mapping 100% of the ocean floor in high resolution, these innovative programmes and contributions make up the first set of Ocean Decade Actions that will contribute to help deliver the ocean we want by 2030” said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. 

Subject to a competitive selection process with hundreds of applications, the endorsed Actions were selected for their focus on solutions and ability to accelerate the generation and uptake of ocean knowledge for sustainable development; for their use of innovative technology; for their transdisciplinary efforts to co-design solutions between scientists and users of ocean knowledge; and for their respect of inclusivity, empowering women, early-career professionals and indigenous knowledge holders across their activities. 

Contributing to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Ocean Decade recognizes the need to transform the way we develop and use ocean knowledge to enhance the ocean's role as a vehicle for sustainable and equitable economic growth. 

Read the full article here: https://www.oceandecade.org/news/136/UNESCO-launches-first-Ocean-Decade-...

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Protecting UNESCO marine World Heritage through scientific research: Digital Exhibition

10 Nov 2020 - Exhibit shows local experts spearheading scientific innovation through environmental DNA, special camera techniques and using satellite data with species tagging.

 

10 Nov 2020 - While UNESCO’s marine World Heritage sites are best known for their outstanding ecosystems and iconic biodiversity, it is their capacity to turn science and innovation into on-the-ground action and decision making that drives their conservation leadership.

The exhibit 'Protecting UNESCO marine World Heritage through scientific research' highlights how local experts are spearheading scientific innovation through environmental DNA, special camera techniques, and the use of satellite data coupled with species tagging.

Through four scientific research missions carried out by Monaco Explorations, the exhibition illustrates how scientific research has become crucial for the sustainable conservation of the world’s most treasured places.

Visit the digital exhibition here: https://whc.unesco.org/en/events/1542/

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COVID-19: the ocean, an ally against the virus

2 Jun 2020 - Increasingly, the health of the ocean is intimately tied to our health. Organisms discovered at extreme depths are used to speed up the detection of COVID-19, and it is the environment that could give a solution to humankind.

2 Jun 2020 - When we think of public health risks, we may not think of the ocean as a factor. Increasingly, however, the health of the ocean is intimately tied to our health. Some may be surprised to read that organisms discovered at extreme depths are used to speed up the detection of COVID-19, and probably, even more to learn that, it is the environment that could give a solution to humankind.

Bacteria, found in the depths of the ocean, are used to carry out rapid testing to detect the presence of COVID-19. "It is just one of the many prodigious uses of these organisms, which were discovered by some American microbiologists off the Adriatic in 1986", says Francesca Santoro, an oceanographer and researcher at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO).

Francesca Santoro, IOC Project Office at the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (Venice, Italy), interviewed by Corriere della Sera‘s Quimamme, explained that the ocean is an ally in fighting the virus. Not only does it help in the detection of COVID-19 but to also combat it.

Finding answers in the ocean

Microbiologists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute discovered the bacteria that underline this fundamental role for COVID-19. The bacteria were identified years ago. It is also useful to diagnose AIDS and SARS. The research, published in the Journal of Applied & Environmental Microbiology, continues to be of interest today as the ocean is a valid ally against the virus. The ocean is closely tied to human health.

Our ocean and coasts affect us - even those of us who don't live near the shoreline.

CONTINUE READING ONLINE HERE: https://en.unesco.org/news/covid-19-ocean-ally-against-virus

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7th Annual UN World Oceans Day Photo Competition

28 Apr 2020 - Now accepting submissions. Deadline Sun, 3 May 2020.

28 Apr 2020 - Now accepting submissions. Deadline Sun, 3 May 2020. This open and free photo competition seeks to inspire the creation of imagery capturing the beauty, the challenges and the importance of the ocean and humankind’s relation to it, hoping to contribute to actions to preserve it. 

CONTINUE READING ONLINE HERE: https://unworldoceansday.org/index.php/news/seventh-annual-united-nations-world-oceans-day-photo-competition

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World Mangrove Day
UNESCO - Mangrove ecosystems provide benefits and services that are essential for life.

International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem

Coastal mangroves are among the most threatened ecosystems on earth. Current estimates indicate that up to 67% of mangroves have been lost to date, and nearly all unprotected mangroves could perish over the next 100 years. Events will be led by UNESCO to promote conservation of the mangrove ecosystem.

The stakes are high, because mangrove ecosystems provide benefits and services that are essential for life. From advancing food security, sustaining fisheries and forest products and offering protection from storms, tsunamis and sea level rise to preventing shoreline erosion, regulating coastal water quality and providing habitats for endangered marine species — the list is long on the importance of mangrove ecosystems. This includes the unique role that they play in sequestering and storing significant amounts of coastal blue carbon from the atmosphere and ocean, crucial for mitigating climate change.

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United Nations announces Decade of Ocean Science (2021-2030)
07 Dec 2017 - Aims to mobilize the scientific community, policy-makers, business and civil society around a programme of joint research and technological innovation.

07 Dec 2017 - The United Nations today announced the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to mobilize the scientific community, policy-makers, business and civil society around a programme of joint research and technological innovation.

The announcement of this Decade consolidates efforts by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) to boost international cooperation in ocean sciences. It will enable better coordination of research programmes, observation systems, capacity development, maritime space planning and the reduction of maritime risks to improve the management of ocean and coastal zones resources.

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay welcomed the announcement and called on all stakeholders to join the scientific cooperation effort of the Organization. “The ocean is a new frontier. It covers 71% of the globe and we have explored less than 5%. The Decade will ensure greater coordination of research. UNESCO’s IOC is proud to be at the forefront of this effort,” she said.

Continue reading here: https://en.unesco.org/news/united-nations-announces-decade-ocean-science-2021-2030

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The Large Marine Ecosystem Approach: An Engine for Achieving SDG 14

6 Jun 2017 - A concerted global effort to restore and protect the world's Large Marine Ecosystems and broader ocean would not only reap the environmental benefits of a much healthier ocean, and pro

tection of hundreds of millions of ocean-dependent livelihoods and economies, but also lead to sizeable transformations in a number of key ocean using and affecting sectors that would in turn create large numbers of net new jobs, reducing unemployment and therefore stimulating positive economic growth and development.

The LME Approach to the assessment and management of coastal ocean goods and services has provided, and will continue to provide, a unifying strategy for meeting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It provides a regional framework and science-informed process for countries to achieve these goals through the TDA-SAP process.

Brochure available here: The Large Marine Ecosystem Approach: An Engine for Achieving SDG 14

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One Planet. One Ocean: UN Ocean Conference

Inspirational video by H.E Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly, of why the Ocean Conference to be held in New York from 5-9 June 2017 is so important.

Video produced by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. 

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Building Ocean Science, Technology and Related Capacities Towards Achieving Sustainable Development of the Ocean - UNESCO-IOC

UN Headquarters, Conference Room 8

Side Event organized by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. 

15 February, 18:15 - 19:30 EST

UN Headquarters, Conference Room 8

Side Event organized by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. 

15 February, 18:15 - 19:30 EST

In collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Environment Laboratory, the Permanent Mission of the Samoa to the UN, the Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN and Flanders Marine Institute.

More details: https://oceanconference.un.org/index.php?page=view&type=20000&nr=1079&menu=3327&template=2456

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Oceans and Climate and the Blue Economy

UN Headquarters, Conference Room 12

Side Event co-hosted by the International Coastal and Ocean Organization

UN Headquarters, Conference Room 12

Side Event hosted by International Coastal and Ocean Organization (Sec. of the Global Ocean Forum), Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Grenada, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Seychelles, Oceano Azul Foundation, Portugal

15 February, 13:15 - 14:30 EST

More details: https://oceanconference.un.org/index.php?page=view&type=20000&nr=1069&menu=3327&template=2456

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