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Second Session: Capacity Development

Posted: Nov 2020

23 November 2020

Outcome of the Second Session of the IOC Group of Experts on Capacity Development

The Second Session of the IOC Group of Experts on Capacity Development (GE-CD) was held online on 26 October 2020. The meeting discussed, among other things, the preliminary results of the Capacity Development Needs Assessment survey, the contribution of IOC to the Capacity Development chapter of the Ocean Decade, and agreed on extending the current CD strategy to 2023.

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Vendée Globe 2020

Posted: Nov 2020

6 November 2020

Vendée Globe 2020: skippers and scientists work together to support ocean observations

From the start of the Vendée Globe race, 10 skippers will carry scientific instruments onboard to support the Global Ocean Observing System, within the framework of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).

The collaboration is developed under the coordination of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), supported by UNESCO through its Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).

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World Tsunami Awareness Day

Posted: Oct 2020

November 5th 2020

Though they may be rare, tsunamis are among the most devastating natural disasters. They know no coastal borders. Coastal communities – often concentrated in low-lying and highly populated areas – are the most potentially vulnerable to coastal hazards including tsunamis, with heavy human and economic losses. International cooperation is key for deeper political and public understanding; as well as involvement in reducing our risks from these coastal natural hazards.

In December 2015, the United Nations General Assembly designated 5 November as World Tsunami Awareness Day to promote a global culture of tsunami awareness.

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The Decade: Call For Actions No. 01/2020 is open!

Posted: Oct 2020

The vision of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development is ‘the science we need for the ocean we want’. To achieve the Ocean Decade vision, a wide range of partners will implement endorsed Decade Actions in the form of programmes, projects or activities over the next ten years.

Via this first ‘Call for Decade Actions’, partners are invited to request endorsement under the Ocean Decade for transformative Decade Actions that contribute to the Ocean Decade vision. This Call for Decade Actions is the first of series that will launched as part of the Ocean Decade and it focuses specifically on:

i. large-scale, multi-country, transformative Decade programmes; and
ii. large-scale contributions of in-kind or financial resources for Decade Actions or coordination costs.

Submit 'Request for Endorsement” before 15 January 2021

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Harmful Algae News

Posted: Oct 2020

The newsletter, Harmful Algae News No 65 is now on-line and includes articles on genomic resources, cyanhobactial and micro-algal toxic HABs, Benthic HABs, Microalgal HABs, High Biomass and Fish Killer HABs, HAB projects and news about training, networking and more.

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The Ocean Decade Virtual Series

Posted: Sep 2020

The Ocean Decade Virtual Series is a series of high-level and scientific interactive virtual dialogues aimed at mobilizing the global ocean community and fostering transformative partnerships and innovative solution-oriented actions to achieve the Decade Outcomes.

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VIRTUAL:Thirty Sixth Session of the Data Buoy Cooperation Panel

Posted: Jul 2020
The Scientific and Technical (S&T) Workshop held during the annual Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP) meetings has become a key forum for stimulating discussion among data buoy operators, designers, and data users. The Thirty-sixth Session of the DBCP (DBCP-36) will be convened virtually. The S&T Workshop will begin on Monday 5th October 2020 with a 2.5-hour virtual workshop. This year the virtual S&T workshop will focus on the impact and value that buoy data has on the user community, including for Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP), climate, extreme events and the potential contribution to UN Ocean Decade.
 

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Strengthening global coordination and science-based solutions for integrated ocean management

Posted: Jul 2020

Report commissioned by 14 serving heads of state and government calls for strengthening the science-based integrated ocean management through the UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).

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Nearly a fifth of world's ocean floor now mapped

Posted: Jul 2020

On the occasion of World Hydrography Day, The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, which aims to facilitate the complete mapping of the global ocean floor by 2030, has announced the inclusion of 14.5 million square kilometres of new bathymetric data in the latest GEBCO Grid. Nearly a fifth of the world’s entire ocean floor has now been mapped, with the new data equating to an area twice the size of Australia.

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Recovering historical sea level data to help assess risk of extreme sea level events

Posted: May 2020

A Data Rescue Working Group will be established under the auspices of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and its network Global Sea Level Observing System (GLOSS) to strengthen international cooperation in rescue of historical sea level data.  

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Voices of the Ocean Decade - Q&A with Peter Thomson: Our future health depends on the health of the ocean

Posted: Apr 2020

Peter Thomson, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, talks about the upcoming Ocean Decade and the importance of solid science and political will to make sound decisions for the future health of the ocean and thereby our own.

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Winners of Tsunami Ready Youth Art Competition in the Caribbean announced

Posted: Apr 2020

The competition was an output of a project aimed at strengthening tsunami early warning and response capacities in Caribbean countries, sponsored by the European Commission DIPECHO and coordinated by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.

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COVID-19: the ocean, an ally against the virus

Posted: Apr 2020

When we think of public health risks, we may not think of the ocean as a factor. Increasingly, however, the health of the ocean is intimately tied to our health. Some may be surprised to read that organisms discovered at extreme depths are used to speed up the detection of COVID-19, and probably, even more to learn that, it is the environment to could give a solution to humankind.

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IOC responses to the Covid-19 crisis: Information Meeting

Posted: Apr 2020

The IOC organized a virtual meeting to inform Permanent Delegations to UNESCO of the responses provided by the Commission to identify impacts from the Covid-19 crisis and ensure the continuity of its programmes and services.

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