UNESCO global ocean science report, first stock taking of global ocean science

29 May 2017

Paris/New York—On World Oceans Day, 8 June, UNESCO will present the first ever global stock-taking of the oceanographic sciences at the United Nations’ Ocean Conference, at the UN in New York from 5 to 9 June. Other UNESCO events at the conference will focus on underwater cultural heritage and marine World Heritage.

An unprecedented undertaking: Global Ocean Science Report: The Current Status of Ocean Science around the World inventories for the first time this field of study and of its resources globally, looking at, for example, budgets, human resources, hardware, publications and more. The report makes a case for increased funding of this discipline in view of the ocean’s economic importance and key role in regulating the climate.

The report will be presented at 1.15 pm on 8 June (Room I) in the presence of the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, and of the Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi alongside representatives of the Maldives and Norway.

Also on 8 June, at 12.10, noon, some 30 children from 49 marine sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List will attend a high-level plenary session of the United Nations’ General Assembly where they will call on the Heads of State and Government of the world to commit to protect the ocean for future generations.

Ahead of World Oceans Day, on 6 June, the Director-General of UNESCO, alongside Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly, and U.S. actor Adrien Grenier, a promoter of the cause of the ocean, will open an event highlighting the need for reinforced international cooperation to preserve the ocean (1.15 pm, Delegates’ Dining Room).

Finally, an event entitled An ocean without history, the importance of underwater cultural heritage will focus on the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage adopted by UNESCO in 2001. It will highlight the importance of this heritage and the need for research to reflect the social and historical dimensions of the ocean. Notable participants in the event will include US marine archaeologist James Delgado and Jon Henderson, Associate Professor at the Department of Archaeology of the University of Nottingham (UK).

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Media contact in Paris: Agnès Bardon, UNESCO Media Relations, a.bardon@unesco.org, +33(0)145681764

In New York (as of 5 June): Vinicius Lindoso, v.lindoso@unesco.org, +33 (0)7 89 63 01 31