United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)
Engage in the planning and consultative mechanisms
During the Preparatory Phase, the Decade stakeholders will be able to contribute to the design of the Decade by participating to planning and consultative mechanisms such as:
- The Regional Workshops where they will be informed about the purpose and expected results of the Decade and will have the opportunity to engage and share their ideas about the design of the Decade;
- The Stakeholder Forum where institutional organizations will represent their interests in the planning of the Decade.
Who are the Decade stakeholders?
The UN Decade of Ocean Science is an intergovernmental mechanism that will actively associate stakeholders of our shared ocean: the ocean science community, ocean and sustainable development policy-makers and practitioners, economic actors and civil society as well as the public.
Member States have been closely involved in the elaboration of the Decade Roadmap and will be regularly consulted. The IOC governing bodies will be responsible for the Decade's course of action and the approval of the Implementation Plan (before its submission to the UN General Assembly). They will play a key role in defining the scientific priorities to fulfill their 2030 Agenda commitments.
UN bodies involved in ocean management have been associated with the design of the Decade through UN-Oceans (the coordination mechanism involving all UN agencies working on ocean issues) as well as through direct collaboration with the IOC Secretariat. They will define their scientific requirements vis-à-vis the Decade regarding their respective mandate.
Partners from the ocean science community, ocean and sustainable development policy-makers, NGOs, businesses and industries, and the donor community will define their priorities and plan for the global ocean science agenda, develop new science and technologies needed to achieve the Decade's objectives as well as connect ocean science activities with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Citizens will play a key role in mobilizing politicians and NGOs' efforts in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, contributing to building sustainable ocean and promoting ocean literacy.
How can you help?
A call for contributions to the Preparatory Phase of the Decade has been issued, inviting the different stakeholders to: