From COP21 towards the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)

Since COP21, new elements of knowledge came to light, thus enhancing our understanding of the interactions between ocean, climate and biodiversity. The well-being of marine ecosystems is recognized as central to combat climate change, highlighting the need to support and develop ocean science.

In view of the launching of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021–2030), the Ocean and Climate Platform and IOC-UNESCO are organizing a High Level Scientific Conference on 10 and 11 September 2018, at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

The conference aims at synthesizing recent scientific progress on ocean and climate interplays; evaluating the latest ocean-climate trends within the context of increased ocean action; and reflecting on ways to move “from science to action”.

Organized around four sessions, the event will bring together scientists from multiple disciplines, civil society, businesses, decision-makers and UN entities, to share their expertise on ocean and climate related issues.

Programme

September 10:

Presentation coming soon.

What are the most recent scientific advances about the ocean, climate and biodiversity relationship? Which knowledge gaps can we identify? This roundtable will discuss research priorities, knowledge gaps and their dissemination and reception through society.

How are the IPCC and IPBES introducing the ocean in their reports and decisions? How is ocean science integrated into UN frameworks, especially with regards to marine ecosystems and biodiversity?

September 11:

The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) provides a unique opportunity to bring together the scientific community, decision-makers, the private sector, UN entities and civil society, in the search of science-based solutions to address the impact of climate-related changes on ocean ecosystems and society.

How can international frameworks – such as UNFCCC’s Action Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Ocean Pathway Partnership – shape national, regional and international policies on ocean, climate and biodiversity? What are the actions initiated by States and international alliances, such as Because the Ocean, to implement their commitments and elaborate ocean-NDCs?

Presentation coming soon.

Special Sessions:

Organized by the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD) and the University of Western Brittany

South Atlantic marine environments and coastal socio-ecosystems are facing major challenges in the context of global change. Transdisciplinary scientific cooperation across both side of the Atlantic and a better dialogue between science and policy are essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. In this special session, research programmes in different areas of concern will be presented and policy-makers will be invited to discuss. This event will launch a foresight programme on the need of sciences and adapted policies for coastal and marine waters in the South Atlantic Ocean by the Ocean University Initiative for the creation of a UNU institute dedicated to the Ocean. It will also feed regional consultations of the IOC in the framework of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and the implementation of the Belém Agreement.

Organized by the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the French National Research Alliance for the Environment (AllEnvi)

Presentation coming soon.

 

 

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