20 October 2020

GOOS Observations Coordination Group launches a new Ocean Observing System Report Card and introduces the rebranding of OceanOPS (previously JCOMMOPS) along with its first-ever 5-year Strategic Plan (2021-2025), phased with the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (“Ocean Decade”).

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14 October 2020

Scientific Director and CEO of Canada’s Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), Dr. Anya Waite, has been selected as co-chair of the prestigious Global Ocean Observation System steering committee. She is the first woman at the head of this body since its creation in 2011.

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8 October 2020

UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) has recently released a non-paper on its potential role in support of the negotiation process of a new international legally binding instrument (ILBI) for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ).

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7 October 2020

UNESCO launched an Online Lecture Series to highlight how its Tsunami Ready Program is motivating and encouraging communities in the Indian Ocean to reduce to a minimum the risks from future tsunamis on lives and property.

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5 October 2020

A new study by the Working Group on Ballast and Other Ship Vectors (WGBOSV) of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the ICES Working Group on Introduction and Transfers of Marine Organisms (WGITMO) indicates that introductions of aquatic non-indigenous species (ANS) have occurred at an alarming rate for the past 50 years.

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1 October 2020

Via a first "Call for Decade Actions", partners are invited to request endorsement under the Ocean Decade for transformative Decade Actions that contribute to the Ocean Decade vision.

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15 September 2020

It is with great sadness that the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO acknowledges the passing away of Professor Doctor Biliana Cicin-Sain on 1 September 2020.

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10 September 2020

Climate change has not stopped for COVID-19. Greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere are at record levels and continue to increase. Emissions are heading in the direction of pre-pandemic levels following a temporary decline caused by the lockdown and economic slowdown. The world is set to see its warmest five years on record – in a trend which is likely to continue - and is not on track to meet agreed targets to keep global temperature increase well below 2 °C or at 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels.

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4 September 2020

UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and UN Global Compact join forces to mobilize the private sector ahead of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

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