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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24 August 2020

Announcing its 2020 Awards, the U.S.-based Marine Technological Society presented the Compass International Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of marine sciences and technology to Dr Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.

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20 August 2020

Venkatraipur and Noliasahi in the Odisha State (India) are the first communities in the Indian Ocean region to obtain Tsunami Ready international recognition, the golden standard of tsunami preparedness awarded by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.

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16 July 2020

In the context of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), the IOC and the Tara Ocean Foundation have concluded a partnership agreement and will lead joint projects that will contribute to scientific research, international cooperation, data sharing as well as public awareness. This agreement should make it possible to place research and ocean science as essential prerequisite in the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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