The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) (Ocean Decade) will stimulate ocean science and knowledge generation to reverse the decline of the state of the ocean system and catalyse new opportunities for sustainable development. The vision of the Ocean Decade is ‘the science we need for the ocean we want’. The Ocean Decade provides a convening framework for scientists and stakeholders from diverse sectors to develop the scientific knowledge and the partnerships needed to accelerate and harness advances in ocean science to achieve a better understanding of the ocean system, and deliver science-based solutions to achieve the 2030 Agenda. The UN General Assembly mandated UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) to coordinate the preparations and implementation of the Decade.
Vision The science we need for the ocean we want. Mission Transformative ocean science solutions for sustainable development, connecting people and our ocean.
The 7 Ocean Decade Outcomes describe the Ocean We Want: A clean ocean where sources of pollution are identified and reduced or removed. A healthy and resilient ocean where marine ecosystems are understood, protected, restored and managed. A productive ocean supporting sustainable food supply and a sustainable ocean economy. A predicted ocean where society understands and can respond to changing ocean conditions. A safe ocean where life and livelihoods are protected from ocean-related hazards. An accessible ocean with open and equitable access to data, information and technology and innovation. An inspiring and engaging ocean where society understands and values the ocean in relation to human wellbeing and sustainable development. JOIN