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    Are you an Early Career Ocean Professional? Apply now to the Mário Ruivo Memorial Lecture (New Deadline: 13 February 2023)

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    COP15 catalyses new commitments for ocean biodiversity in 2023 and beyond 

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    UNESCO & The Pacific Community release new report on 2022 HUNGA TONGA – HUNGA HA’APAI Tsunami

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    Norway continues its support to UNESCO with focus on ocean science for sustainability

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Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC) is the United Nations body responsible for supporting global ocean science and services. The IOC enables its 150 Member States to work together to protect the health of our shared ocean by coordinating programmes in areas such as ocean observations, tsunami warnings and marine spatial planning. Since it was established in 1960, the IOC has provided a focus for all other United Nations bodies that are working to understand and improve the management of our oceans, coasts and marine ecosystems. Today, the IOC is supporting all its Member States to build their scientific and institutional capacity in order to achieve the global goals including the UN Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction.

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  • 1960

    IOC established

  • 150

    IOC Member States

  • $3 Trillion

    The projected value of ocean economy by 2030

  • >20%

    The area of the seabed that has been mapped

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The United Nations has proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to support efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health and gather ocean stakeholders worldwide behind a common framework that will ensure ocean science can fully support countries in creating improved conditions for sustainable development of the Ocean.


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