26 July 2021

From 14-25 June, the Assembly of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO held its 31st Session (virtually). IOC’s 150 Member States took stock of progress in global ocean research and the implementation of the Ocean Decade, setting IOC forward on a new medium-term strategic framework.

The two-week meeting of IOC’s top governing body yielded several key decisions enabling the IOC to continue working, from the heart of the United Nations, to building and applying ocean knowledge for sustainable development.

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15 July 2021

The Ocean Agency together with UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission announced today the official launch of the Ocean Image Bank, an online library of thousands of powerful ocean images that have been made freely available for download and use. The imagery collection has been developed specifically to support the objectives of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 (the ‘Ocean Decade’) and has been endorsed as one of the official contributions to the Decade.

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15 July 2021

The Observations Coordination Group of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) launches the new Ocean Observing System Report Card for 2021 - providing an up-to-date and global view of the status of the Global Ocean Observing System.

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9 July 2021

The Ocean InfoHub Project presented a series of four webinars during May and early June 2021. The first was in preparation for the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Assembly, and the subsequent three focussed on each of the Ocean Infohub (OIH) pilot regions, being Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Pacific Small Island developing states (the latter used a meeting format to be more interactive). 

The webinars provided an update on project progress and sought to provide a platform for the engagement of additional national and regional partners.

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6 July 2021

The Decade Advisory Board will be a multi-stakeholder advisory body that will assist the Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO in performing its function as coordinator of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, 2021-2030 (the 'Ocean Decade').

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30 June 2021

To better prepare for tsunamis, it is essential to focus on tsunami education as much as early warning facilities and systems. Currently, there are no established community tsunami recognition programmes in the North-Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean and Connected Seas (NEAM) region like in other regions (Caribbean, Indian Ocean and the Pacific).

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28 June 2021

PRESS RELEASE

The Ocean Decade Exhibition:

Transforming the image of the ocean to raise awareness

about its importance and inspire action through creativity.

 

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14 June 2021

Welcome to the Ocean Decade Exhibition – the result of the global creative community mobilizing to help transform the image of the ocean science and conservation, raise awareness of the importance of the ocean, and inspire support for action, during this pivotal decade.

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10 June 2021

In an effort to help increase international ambition towards the protection of the global coastal blue carbon ecosystems, the IOC has recently joined the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment as Coordinator of the International Partnership for Blue Carbon (IPBC).

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