Launch of UN's Ocean Decade and World Ocean Day

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Launch of UN's Ocean Decade and World Ocean Day

The ocean we need for the future we want !

The United Nations has proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to support efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health and gather ocean stakeholders worldwide behind a common framework that will ensure ocean science can fully support countries in creating improved conditions for sustainable development of the Ocean.

The marine realm is the largest component of the Earth’s system that stabilizes climate and support life on Earth and human well-being. However, the First World Ocean Assessment released in 2016 found that much of the ocean is now seriously degraded, with changes and losses in the structure, function and benefits from marine systems.

Responses to global change are urgently needed and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO will therefore coordinate the Decade’s preparatory process, inviting the global ocean community to plan for the next ten years in ocean science and technology.

The launch of the Ocean Decade will take place virtually on 1 June 2021 from 11 am to 3:30 pm (CEST).

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This year's United Nations World Oceans Day, on 8 June 2021, will highlight the theme of The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods.

World Oceans Day reminds every one of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. They are the lungs of our Planet and a major source of food and medicine and a critical part of the biosphere.

The purpose of the Day is to inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean, develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean, and mobilize and unite the world’s population on a project for the sustainable management of the world's oceans.

This year's theme is especially relevant in the lead-up to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, which will run from 2021 to 2030.

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On the occasion of this year's World Oceans day, the University of Bergen launched a new series of SDG policy briefs. The SDG Bergen Policy Briefs will be a unique addition to the toolbox of researchers wanting to provide science advice. The series will have a particular focus on the subgoals and targets in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The first policy brief in the series will address SDG14.3 on ocean acidification. First Policy Brief here:

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In addition, the European Commission has made a new report on EU’s performance on the UN sustainable development goal 14.

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Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goal : Life below water
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University of Bergen