13 October 2022

It is with greatest sadness that the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO announces the passing on 11 October 2022 in Santiago, Chile, of Dr. Patricio Bernal, its former Executive Secretary.

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7 October 2022

For the first time ever, an ocean-focused pavilion will be built inside the formal negotiations area (Blue Zone) of the upcoming UN Climate Summit (COP 27) in Sharm El-Sheikh. The result of joint efforts by global leaders in ocean science and philanthropy, the Ocean Pavilion will host events and discussions aimed at ensuring the ocean is central to climate negotiations and promoting ocean-based climate solutions.

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27 September 2022

The SEA BEYOND Project by UNESCO and the Prada Group, combining ocean literacy and sustainable fashion, received the Oceans Award at the Sustainability Fashion Awards 2022.

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22 September 2022

The ocean, our biggest ally against climate change, is in serious trouble. Last August, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, Peter Thomson, undertook an official visit to Venice to understand how a city at the forefront of the climate crisis is coping under increasing pressure.

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20 September 2022

The United Nations have just released the new Ocean Observing System Report Card - a high-level annual report providing a deep insight on the state, capacity and value of our Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS).

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16 September 2022

The villages of Tambakrejo (East Java), Kemadang and Glagah (Yogyakarta) are successfully implementing the Tsunami Ready Recognition Programme established by UNESCO, through its Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO).

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13 September 2022

Back to Blue, an initiative of Economist Impact and The Nippon Foundation, brings together two organisations that share a common understanding of the need for evidence-based approaches to improving ocean health.

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12 September 2022

On 4 July 2022, the Scientific Advisory Board of the environmental DNA initiative convened for the first time, sharing crucial recommendations as UNESCO prepares the global roll-out of the citizen science initiative.

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12 September 2022

On 28 June 2022, the UNESCO eDNA initiative was featured at the United Nations Oceans Conference in Lisbon (Portugal), during a side event which showcased ambitious science-based initiatives that inform policy.

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