• Guidelines for the use of the logo for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

      Herve, Réjane; Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOCParis, France, 2018)
      Following the design of the emblem of United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021–2030), guidelines for its use have been prepared in accordance with UNESCO and United Nations practices.
    • International (UN) Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development: towards the ocean we need for the future we want.

      Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOCParis, France, 2017)
      This document was first circulated for comments to IOC Member States through IOC Circular Letter No 2657 on 2 February 2017. The objectives of this document are to elaborate the idea of, and argue the case for, an international decade on ocean science for sustainable development. The endorsement to pursue further elaboration of the idea followed its initial presentation and discussion at the IOC Executive Council in June 2016. The context is provided by the 2030 Agenda and related UN frameworks, namely the Sendai Framework for Risk Reduction 2015, the SAMOA Pathway for SIDS 2014, the UNFCCC Conferences of the Parties, COP-21 in Paris 2015 and COP-22 in Marrakech 2016, together with previous intergovernmental agreements. The bases include: (i) the conclusions of the First Global World Ocean Assessment, in particular that we are running out of time to effectively protect the world ocean from multiple interactive stressors; and (ii) the finding of the Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary General that, of eight Grand Challenges the world community is facing, the most important one is improving ocean science and effective management for the development of sustainable ocean knowledge-based economics. On these foundations, the document addresses a wide and diverse set of marine-related interests, including ocean science, sustained observations, marine environment problems and ocean (blue) economy. A historical analysis of developments over the 50-year period since the International Decade of Ocean Exploration 1971–1980 suggests that governments need to engage and act in partnership with the many different ocean communities in order to achieve focus, cohesiveness, cooperation and coordination of efforts. An International Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, potentially under the UN auspices, emerges as the promising path towards “THE OCEAN WE NEED FOR THE FUTURE WE WANT.”
    • IOC Contribution to UNESCO Priority Africa. Overarching objective 2: Mobilizing science knowledge and policy for sustainable development for the biennium 2008-2009.

      Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOCParis, France, 2010)
      The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO implements activities in Africa through global programmes in coordination with regional subsidiary bodies (IOCEA—Central Eastern Atlantic Ocean Region; and IOCWIO—Western Indian Ocean Region). A high level of implementation of IOC activities in all sections took place in Africa during the 2008–2009 (34 C/5) biennium, and is projected to continue in the current biennium (35 C/5: 2010–2011). The activities, results, and budgets for the last biennium and those proposed for the current biennium are summarized in the report.
    • Ocean Decade Progress Report 2021-2022.

      Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOCParis, France, 2022)
      Proclaimed in 2017 by the United Nations General Assembly, the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development – the Ocean Decade – is a framework to identify, generate and use critical ocean knowledge that is needed to manage the ocean sustainably, and achieve global aspirations for climate, biodiversity, and human well-being. Through its vision of ‘The science we need for the ocean we want’, the Ocean Decade provides an inclusive, equitable and global framework for diverse actors to co-design and co-deliver transformative ocean science to meet ten Ocean Decade Challenges. Through a collaborative, solutions-oriented approach, the Ocean Decade will contribute essential knowledge to global, regional, and national policy frameworks, including the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.1 The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) leads the coordination of the Ocean Decade, in collaboration with numerous partners from the United Nations system, governments, philanthropy, industry, civil society and the scientific community. 2021 was the first year of implementation of the Ocean Decade – a watershed moment in ocean science globally – and the achievements since the launch have been significant. Although challenges remain, particularly in relation to investment in ocean science, a robust foundation is now in place for the next nine years of transformative ocean science.