High-Level Launch of the Ocean Decade and Ocean Decade Laboratories

First International Ocean Decade Conference

1 JUNE 2021 – MAY 2022

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Creating The Ocean We Want

As the largest ecosystem on Earth, the ocean is essential to the survival of nature and humankind. But this source of vibrant diversity and in turn, our livelihoods and habitats, is under threat. Science and research are now called upon to join forces with policymakers, society and economic actors to restore, protect and sustainably manage the ocean.

As proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, 2021 to 2030 is the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) was mandated to prepare an Implementation Plan for the Decade in collaboration with the ocean world and is coordinating implementation of the Ocean Decade that started on 1 January 2021. In line with the vision “The Science We Need for the Ocean We Want”, the Ocean Decade is establishing an unprecedented international scientific alliance to bring people and the ocean together.

The virtual High-Level Launch of the Ocean Decade in Berlin on 1 June 2021 is being hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in partnership with the IOC. The High-Level Launch celebrates the beginning of the Ocean Decade. It is likewise the start of a unique, multidisciplinary event series taking place from June 2021 to July 2022: the First International Ocean Decade Conference. The tagline “Creating the Ocean We Want” expresses the focus of this watershed moment.

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SPEAKERS & MODERATORS

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Anja Karliczek

German Federal Minister of Education and Research

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António Guterres

Secretary-General of the United Nations

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Dr. Angela Merkel

Chancellor of Germany

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H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

Head of State - Principality of Monaco

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Wavel Ramkalawan

President of the Republic of Seychelles

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Mariya Gabriel

European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, Youth and Sport

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Audrey Azoulay

Director-General, UNESCO

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Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin

Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO

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Sanda Ojiambo

CEO & Executive Director , United Nations Global Compact

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Ranga Yogeshwar

Science Journalist

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David Eades

News Anchor, BBC World News TV

MORE SPEAKERS

OCEAN DECADE LABORATORIES

The Ocean Decade Laboratories connect diverse actors from around the globe to maintain the momentum of the High-Level Launch.

As a series of online sessions structured around the seven Ocean Decade Outcomes, the Laboratories are a platform for catalyzing partnerships and co-designing Decade Actions.

7 – 8 JULY 2021

INSPIRING AND ENGAGING OCEAN

An inspiring and engaging ocean where society understands and values the ocean.

15 – 16 SEPTEMBER 2021

PREDICTED OCEAN

A predicted ocean where society has the capacity to understand current and future ocean conditions.

17 – 18 NOVEMBER 2021

CLEAN OCEAN

A clean ocean where sources of pollution are identified and removed.

23 – 24 FEBRUARY 2022

PRODUCTIVE OCEAN

A sustainably harvested and productive ocean ensuring the provision of food supply.

MARCH 2022

HEALTHY AND RESILIENT OCEAN

A healthy and resilient ocean where marine ecosystems are mapped and protected.

APRIL 2022

SAFE OCEAN

A safe ocean where people are protected from ocean hazards.

MAY 2022

ACCESSIBLE OCEAN

An accessible and transparent ocean with open access to data, information and technologies.