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United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)

1st Global Planning Meeting


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On 13-15 May 2019, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO will convene the 1st Global Planning Meeting in preparation for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The meeting will take place in Copenhaguen, Denmark, hosted by the National Museum of Denmark.

The Global Planning Meeting will provide a forum to gather approximately 200 thought-leaders/champions/key stakeholders. A mixture of plenary and break-out groups will facilitate international, interdisciplinary discussions across sectors (such as: ocean science and technology; ocean policy and sustainable development; business and industry; NGOs and civil society; donors and foundations) to identify concrete deliverables and partnerships to meet the Decade's six societal objectives:

  • A safe Ocean
  • A Sustainable and Productive Ocean
  • A Transparent and Accessible Ocean
  • A Clean Ocean
  • A Healthy and Resilient Ocean
  • A Predicted Ocean

The Global Planning Meeting offers a crucial opportunity to co-design mission-oriented research strategies in line with the 2030 Agenda, taking advantage of cross-cutting issues such as transforming knowledge systems; accelerating transfer of technology; enabling training and education; and fostering science-policy dialogues.

The Global Planning Meeting will aim to identify:

  • Knowledge gaps and ocean science priorities for the 2030 Agenda
  • Existing relevant partnerships/networks/initiatives and gaps
  • Priorities in capacity-development/training
  • Priority topics and themes
  • Potential partners
  • Links to other initiatives such as regional workshops and meetings

The meeting will initiate a global dialogue that will be continued throughout 2019 and 2020 via regional Decade workshops, conference side-events, and further thematic workshops, to inform the planning of the Decade.


Important links:

Compilation of powerpoint presentations

Meeting photos



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Day 3: Wednesday, 15 May 2019


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Day 1: Monday, 13 May 2019


Meeting information


Key documents

Meeting Programme:

Background Note for Participants:

White Paper developed by the Executive Planning Group: 

The Science We Need for The Ocean We Want: The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030): 

Save the Date: Pacific Community Workshop:


"Setting the Scene" for the UN Decade of Ocean Science


Youth Messages for the #OceanDecade



Participants are invited on a self-funded basis. Those who cannot participate will still have opportunities to engage in the Decade planning process. The Decade of Ocean Science is an inclusive and truly global initiative, and broad engagement will be key to success.

Remote participation

Live Streaming: Please stay tuned for details on how to access the live stream of the Meeting. Even if you are not in the room physically, you will still be able to pose questions to the speakers during plenary and panel sessions. Just go to and enter the event code #OceanDecade to access our interactive space.

Social media: Join the conversation and help develop the #OceanDecade via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Hotel bookings

We are making available rooms for participants at negotiated rates in various Copenhagen hotels. Please click here to make your booking:

*Due to high demand for hotel rooms in Copenhagen during the Global Planning Meeting, we recommend that you book your accommodation as soon as possible. Cancellations or modifications made after 25th April, 2019 will only be refunded if the room is re-sold. Reimbursement will be settled after the Meeting, minus an administration fee of DKK 350 and any transaction fees, which might incur.*


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