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United Nations Ocean Conference

Ocean's 8 Celebration

Celebrating Global Cooperation on Ocean Science

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC) is delighted to invite you to the first ever Ocean’s 8 Celebration which honours national ocean science champions in eight key categories.


The Ocean’s 8 Celebration highlights the upcoming launch of the first Global Ocean Science Report by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC). This ground-breaking report shows how countries need to work together to build the capacity in global ocean science needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 14 to protect the world’s oceans. 

Join our distinguished guests and a panel of world-leading experts as we learn how to build greater intergovernmental cooperation on ocean science.


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    The event took place in two segments:


    1. Ceremony

    Presentation ceremony (13.00-14.00) moderated by David Eades from BBC World and co-hosted by Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General; the Government of Peru; and the Government of Iceland.



    Developing human resources in ocean science



    Science based solutions for plastic pollution

    UN Environment & #CleanSeas Campaign Member States


    Promoting gender equality in ocean science



    Sustained national investment in ocean science



    Innovative financing for ocean science



    Promoting international cooperation on ocean science



    Investment in ocean science infrastructure for the benefit of the global community

    United States of America


    Promoting ocean science education and outreach

    Nippon Foundation (Japan)


    2. Panel Discussion

    Panel discussion (14.00-15.00) moderated by David Eades with high level guests: