Ocean Literacy

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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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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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On 25-26 November 2022, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO launched “Blue Friday”, an ocean-friendly alternative to Black Friday. The initiative aimed to promote sustainable consumption and protect the Mediterranean Sea and the ocean. Over 2 days, different cultural activities were organised, including a panel on responsible consumption, visits to artisanal ateliers, and book and theatre presentations, raising awareness of the impact of the choices we make on the ocean.

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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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COP27 concluded in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, with increased awareness of the need to strengthen ocean science and seek ocean-based solutions to reverse climate change.

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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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UNESCO organised a three-day Winter School in Venice to rethink how to improve the quality of ocean-related partnerships and collaborations in the framework of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030, and the EU4Ocean Coalition.

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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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