9 February 2021

Less than twenty per cent of the world’s oceans have been explored so far. That is not a lot. But it is enough for us to know that the oceans are threatened by global warming, acidification, and pollution. Coral bleaching is just one illustration of the decline of marine ecosystems. The consequences are not just environmental. Nearly three billion people depend directly on marine and coastal biodiversity for their survival. By 2050, coastal areas that are home to300 million people could be threatened by rising sea levels due to climate change.

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4 February 2021

A new era of sailing for science is beginning with  IMOCA skippers during the Vendée Globe supporting the Global Ocean Observing System, within the framework of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), and under the leadership of OceanOPS.

If it was not already enough to race across all the world's oceans, braving equipment failure and stormy conditions, these brave Vendée Globe skippers have also been taking vital ocean observations, proof of their engagement for the ocean!

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30 January 2021

Paris, 29 January – UNESCO will celebrate the start of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (“Ocean Decade”) on 3 February (4.15 to 5.45pm, Central European Time), with the broadcast ‘A Brave New Ocean’, a global online event to raise awareness of the immense challenges and opportunities the ocean provides to achieve the global sustainable development goals.

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8 January 2021

The European Commission’s Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) recently published an interactive communication guide, developed in close cooperation between experts and communicators of the European Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) and MSPglobal platforms.

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23 December 2020

Paris, 22 December—Over the next ten years, the international community must invest massively in ocean sciences to find innovative solutions to major global challenges. This is the objective, the very raison d'être of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030, which will begin on 1 January by proclaiming "The science we need for the ocean we want!".

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21 December 2020

Despite COVID-19 restrictions, UNESCO together with the UK National Oceanography Centre enabled Pakistan to repair the Karachi tide gauge, key instrument to monitoring sea level data for Pakistan and the region.

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17 December 2020

A new compendium of case studies on the economic impacts of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) on wild and recreational fisheries and aquaculture has recently been published by the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES).

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14 December 2020

Paris, 14 December - Lack of funding is hampering the development and implementation of marine research and its valuable applications, according to the Second Global Ocean Science Report, published by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), ahead of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).

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14 December 2020

In the aftermath of the Second World War, some countries advocated the sharing of oceanographic knowledge on a global scale. However, it was not until December 1960 that the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO – the first body responsible for strengthening intergovernmental co-operation in the marine sciences – was created. - By Jens Boel

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