10 March 2021

The countries bordering the North-East Atlantic, the Mediterranean and adjacent seas were prepared from 8 to 10 March to a tsunami preparedness exercise, set up under the aegis of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO). The exercise marks the 10th anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake in Japan, which caused a deadly and devastating surge on the north-eastern coast of the island of Honshu, leading to the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

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9 March 2021

There is only one ocean and its preservation is essential to the survival of humanity; this is the message that UNESCO and its Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO) would like to convey in an exclusive exhibition by photographer Alexis Rosenfeld, from 4 March 4 to 30 April in Paris Gare de Lyon, in partnership with SNCF Gares & Connexions. A virtual tour of this event is available online through the following link: www.1ocean.blue.

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6 March 2021

Between 12 -14 January 2021 the 2021 Meeting (Pre-committee) of the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) Management Group took place online. 32 participants attended the event and reviewed progress of the IODE-XXV work plan, agreed on the agenda for the upcoming IODE-XXVI Committee meeting in April 2021 (online) and discussed the arrangements for the preparation of the First International Ocean Data Conference (Poland, November 2021).

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2 March 2021

Discover the first report focusing on blue carbon assets across the UNESCO Marine World Heritage sites, revealing their outsized role as custodians of globally relevant blue carbon resources, including the largest areas of seagrass and mangroves in the ocean.

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13 February 2021

On the occasion of World Radio Day (February 13), celebrated this year with the theme “New World, New Radio – Evolution, Innovation, Connection”, UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) reveals six podcasts to explore and learn about the marine world. Through exclusive interviews, international experts are joining voices to share their knowledge and raise awareness about ocean conservation.

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11 February 2021

UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO) kicked off the start of the Ocean Decade (2021-2030) with ‘A Brave New Ocean’, a virtual event that brought together ocean experts and leaders from around the world to highlight the immense challenges and opportunities that ocean knowledge can offer humanity to build a better and stronger post-pandemic world.

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9 February 2021

Less than twenty per cent of the world’s oceans have been explored so far. That is not a lot. But it is enough for us to know that the oceans are threatened by global warming, acidification, and pollution. Coral bleaching is just one illustration of the decline of marine ecosystems. The consequences are not just environmental. Nearly three billion people depend directly on marine and coastal biodiversity for their survival. By 2050, coastal areas that are home to300 million people could be threatened by rising sea levels due to climate change.

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4 February 2021

A new era of sailing for science is beginning with  IMOCA skippers during the Vendée Globe supporting the Global Ocean Observing System, within the framework of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), and under the leadership of OceanOPS.

If it was not already enough to race across all the world's oceans, braving equipment failure and stormy conditions, these brave Vendée Globe skippers have also been taking vital ocean observations, proof of their engagement for the ocean!

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30 January 2021

Paris, 29 January – UNESCO will celebrate the start of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (“Ocean Decade”) on 3 February (4.15 to 5.45pm, Central European Time), with the broadcast ‘A Brave New Ocean’, a global online event to raise awareness of the immense challenges and opportunities the ocean provides to achieve the global sustainable development goals.

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