EurOcean joins the National Committee’s Stakeholder Forum for the UN Ocean Decade

EurOcean joins the National Committee’s Stakeholder Forum for the UN Ocean Decade

The United Nations’ Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) has set a global stage for collaborative efforts to enhance understanding and address sustainable development goal 14 – protecting marine life – as outlined in the 2030 Agenda. Coordinated by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, this international initiative, operating under the theme “the science we need for the ocean we want,” aims to promote ocean knowledge and sustainability. In Portugal, the National Committee for the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 was established to lead and coordinate the nation’s efforts, with a particular focus on the Atlantic region.

EurOcean, recognized as a key national and international player in ocean science and technology information, has been extended an invitation to contribute to the national efforts. As a Decade Implementing Partner, EurOcean holds a responsability in advancing the goals of the UN Ocean Decade. This designation signifies its commitment to driving actions and initiatives that align with the objectives of the Decade.

On the past 24th of January the National Committee for the Ocean Decade and its Stakeholder Forum were oficially presented featuring the presence of several Portuguese Ministers. The event culminated with a significant contribution from the President of the Portuguese Republic, underscoring the national importance of the initiative. This forum will comprise representatives from research institutions, educational entities, non-governmental organizations, and private entities, all of whom will collaborate closely with the Committee in shaping and executing activities throughout the Decade.

EurOcean’s involvement in the Stakeholder Forum is crucial given its role as a centre for ocean science and technology information. With a wealth of experience and a broad network of members, EurOcean can contribute significantly to the formulation and execution of strategies aimed at achieving the Decade’s objectives. Furthermore, EurOcean’s expertise can enhance the scientific basis upon which decisions for sustainable ocean development are made, aligning perfectly with the overarching theme of the Decade.

The collaboration between EurOcean and the National Committee signifies a united front in addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by the UN Ocean Decade. By integrating EurOcean into the Stakeholder Forum, we aim to leverage its knowledge, resources, and international network to foster innovation, research, and education in support of sustainable ocean development.

Picture: Maria João Bebiano (Member of the Committee), José Maria Costa (State Secretary for the Sea), Luís Menezes Pinheiro (Member of the Committee) e Telmo Carvalho (Member of the Committee)

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