Biodiversity (BBNJ)

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On 19 December 2022, over 190 countries agreed on a historic framework for conserving global biodiversity at the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The new framework identifies ambitious goals for addressing current challenges to managing and conserving biodiversity - terrestrial and marine - but to do this we will need a step change in the delivery of ocean information.

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COP15 in December 2022 marked a turning point for commitments on ocean biodiversity. Alongside IOC/UNESCO’s flagship ‘An Ocean of Life’ event, new goals and targets were introduced on science, information, data, funding and more.

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As the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) opens today, UNESCO is establishing a global biodiversity snapshot of marine species across 25 of the world’s most unique marine protected areas. Analysis of these samples will help us understand how biodiversity hotspots are shifting due to climate change and where to focus conservation efforts in the future.

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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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UNESCO launched the BioEco Portal of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS BioEco Portal) - an online platform that provides information on the sustained ocean observing programs which deliver information about the health of marine life.

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Corporate author: Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

Year of publication: 2022

Type of document: Information Document 

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Through its Marine Policy and Regional Coordination Section (IOC/MPR), the IOC is fully engaged in multi-agency consultation processes with the aim of fostering partnerships related to ocean and coastal matters.

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To celebrate the legacy of Prince Albert I in oceanography and science, Monaco signed a partnership with UNESCO to provide financial support for young scientists in their research programmes.

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Corporate author: Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
Language: English
Year of publication: 2020
Type of document: Programme and Meeting Document

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The Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS) is one of our flagship data systems. OBIS is a global data platform that integrates, quality controls and provides access to over 100 million occurrence records of 160,000 different marine species and that number is growing by millions every year. OBIS is built by the contribution of thousands of scientists who collaborate with data managers to make scientific data available for research, management and public awareness.

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