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    UNESCO makes commitment to foster science for sustainable ocean management in the Pacific

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    New publication: IOC Medium-term Strategy 2022-2029


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    GenOcean is live! A new movement to grow awareness and drive action to protect the ocean

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    New publication: Engaging blue fishing ports in marine spatial planning


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    UNESCO issues new scientific summary for policymakers for effective management of multiple ocean stressors

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    Ocean Decade launches new Call for Decade Actions No. 03/2022

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Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC) is the United Nations body responsible for supporting global ocean science and services. The IOC enables its 150 Member States to work together to protect the health of our shared ocean by coordinating programmes in areas such as ocean observations, tsunami warnings and marine spatial planning. Since it was established in 1960, the IOC has provided a focus for all other United Nations bodies that are working to understand and improve the management of our oceans, coasts and marine ecosystems. Today, the IOC is supporting all its Member States to build their scientific and institutional capacity in order to achieve the global goals including the UN Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction.

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  • 1960

    IOC established

  • 150

    IOC Member States

  • $3 Trillion

    The projected value of ocean economy by 2030

  • >20%

    The area of the seabed that has been mapped

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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.


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