Japan announces support for the UN Decade of Ocean Science

, Japan

In the context of the 25th Committee Meeting of IOC’s International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) in Tokyo, the Government of Japan announced its contribution to support communications, engagement, and consultation activities in the preparatory phase of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).

Meeting in Tokyo with members of the IOC Secretariat, representatives of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) announced their support to the preparatory phase of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) via a package of contributions, including financial support for communication and engagement activities, and the hosting of the North Pacific preparatory regional workshop, to be held in Tokyo between 31st July-2 August 2019.

"We are thankful for Japan’s contribution to the UN Decade at this early but very formative stage. The support will ensure that all key stakeholders participate in the design of the UN Decade of Ocean Science through engagement and communication activities at both the global and regional levels," said Vladimir Ryabinin, IOC Executive Secretary.

In the context of the North Pacific regional workshop, MEXT also strengthened support for IOC’s Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC), with whom Japanese authorities will work closely to organize and host the workshop as well as all follow-up action arising from regional consultations.

The package of financial support announced by Japan’s MEXT for the preparatory phase of the UN Decade of Ocean Science totals USD 400,000.

"Japan has always been a leading country in the field of Ocean Science working closely with the IOC community.  We will continue our support to IOC activities and contribute to active discussions in the planning process of the Decade for future generations," said Mami Oyama, Secretary General for the Japanese National Commission for UNESCO within MEXT.




The communications and engagement activities supported by Japan include the development of a communications strategy for the preparatory phase of the UN Decade, the production of communication materials such as educational videos, and the development of a dedicated website (to replace the existing webpage available at http://oceandecade.org). The website will include an Online Community Forum, to galvanize discussions between the physical consultation meetings, exchange inputs across regions and stakeholder groups, and to foment ideas for the Decade implementation.

MEXT will also support the participation of early career scientists and experts from Small Island Developing and Least Developed Countries (SIDS/LDCs) in the consultative and planning meetings of the Decade’s preparatory phase, starting with the first Global Planning Meeting, to take place on 13-15 May 2019, at the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen.

Collectively, Japan’s contribution will showcase the relevance of the UN Decade of Ocean Science to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, legitimizing ocean science research as a vector for delivering informed and innovative solutions to national, regional, and global needs.

For more information, please contact:

Julian Barbière (j.barbiere@unesco.org)