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    In Memoriam: David Thomas Pugh, the scientist and IOC-UNESCO Chair who took the ocean community forward

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    Living history: survivors speak out about the 2000 Banggai Tsunami in Indonesia

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    GOOS BioEco Portal: the place to go for information on ocean biological and ecosystem observations

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    UNESCO and the Ocean Decade community rally at 2022 UN Ocean Conference to advocate for science-driven ocean action

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    Seabed 2030 announces increase in ocean data equating to the size of Europe and major new partnership at UN Ocean Conference

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    Ocean Decade launches new Call for Decade Actions No. 03/2022

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Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO
(IOC-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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