9 June 2021

An unprecedented analysis of almost 10,000 Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) events worldwide over the past 33 years was launched today by UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.

The first-ever global statistical analysis examined ~9,500 HABs events over 33 years and found that the harm caused by HABs rises in step with growth of the aquaculture industry and marine exploitation and calls for more research on linkages.

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8 June 2021

The Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the North-Eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Connected Seas Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System (ICG/NEAMTWS) Secretariat (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO) is currently undertaking appropriate steps to strengthen the visibility of the North-Eastern Atlantic, Mediterranean Tsunami Information Centre (NEAMTIC) by developing its social media presence.

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8 June 2021

MSPglobal launches key reports and storytelling tools on the current status and scenarios of maritime uses in the Western Mediterranean and Southeast Pacific

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29 May 2021

Key events and global summits to focus attention on a ‘green-blue recovery’ from COVID-19

The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Volkan Bozkır, will convene a High-Level Thematic Debate on the Ocean and Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water on Tuesday, 1 June 2021, at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

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26 May 2021

In the lead up to the 31st Session of the IOC Assembly, the IOC Secretariat is organizing a series of thematic webinars to update Member States on progress achieved since 2019 across its programmes and projects.

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6 May 2021

Held every year since 2011, CARIBE WAVE is a tsunami exercise organized by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) in the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions, an area where coastal communities are at major risk of tsunamis. Especially amid the Covid-19 pandemic, practicing response plans and pandemic-specific guidelines is crucial to ensure communities are ready to respond to tsunami emergencies should they arise.

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1 May 2021

The ocean is the largest ecosystem on Earth and central to the survival of nature and humankind. But the ocean is also under massive threat. More than ever before, science and research are being called upon to join forces with policymakers, society and economic actors to protect and sustainably manage the ocean. To achieve this vision, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2021 to 2030 as the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development – the "Ocean Decade".

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29 April 2021

In absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2), the ocean plays a crucial role in regulating the climate, a role yet to be fully understood. However, the ocean's ability to contribute to climate regulation may decline and even be reversed in the future. The ocean that is now the blue lung of our planet, could end up contributing to global warming.

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