Ocean Literacy

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From 14-25 June, the Assembly of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO held its 31st Session (virtually). IOC’s 150 Member States took stock of progress in global ocean research and the implementation of the Ocean Decade, setting IOC forward on a new medium-term strategic framework.

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The Ocean Image Bank is designed for use by the media, educators, creators, communicators, and anyone else looking to support the Ocean Decade by helping raise awareness about the ocean and its importance as well as inspiring greater support for ocean science and conservation action.

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When we think of public health risks, we may not think of the ocean as a factor. Increasingly, however, the health of the ocean is intimately tied to our health. Some may be surprised to read that organisms discovered at extreme depths are used to speed up the detection of COVID-19, and probably, even more to learn that, it is the environment to could give a solution to humankind.

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The five-day UN Ocean Conference ended on 1 July with more than 150 countries collectively agreeing to scale up science-based and innovative actions to address the ocean emergency.

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On the occasion of World Oceans Day (June 8th), UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) organized the first Virtual Ocean Literacy Summit, with the support of the European Global Ocean Observing System (EuroGOOS), Ocean Wise and Experiential Atelier*.

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To mark World Oceans Day on 8 June 2022, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, its project office at UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe and the Prada Group are proud to announce that the “MuMa - Milazzo Sea Museum” – located within the picturesque “Bastione di Santa Maria” in the ancient Castle of Milazzo – has completed the digitization of its spaces and contents.

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On 4 May 2022, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and the Prada Group unveiled the “Kindergarten of the Lagoon”, a new educational programme based on promoting Ocean Literacy principles and interaction with the environment. The initiative aims to foster a close connection between children and nature, using outdoor activities and interactions with the local community.

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In her interview with the National Geographic on 8 November, Francesca Santoro, Programme Specialist of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, explained the importance of the Ocean Literacy programme, highlighting the fundamental role of the ocean in our lives and simultaneously stressing the need of our contribution in preserving it.

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A new agreement between UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO) and the leading scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific region, The Pacific Community (SPC), will boost ocean science collaboration for the world's largest ocean.

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The Ocean Agency, together with UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, announced today the official launch of the Ocean Decade Creative Communication Toolkits, a range of free online communication resources made available thanks to the support of UN Environment Programme, 11th Hour Racing and Adobe.

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