4 March 2020

Over twenty of the world’s leading ocean-minded Foundations took part in a two-day dialogue on building partnerships to enhance and drive ocean action into the next Decade. Co-organized by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and Velux Foundations (Denmark), the international dialogue has triggered a series of outreach initiatives aimed at mobilizing the global philanthropic community around the upcoming UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).

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19 February 2020

Located above the plate boundary where the Nazca Plate is subducting beneath the South American Plate, Northern Ecuador and Southern Colombia are at high risk of earthquakes and tsunamis. During the course of the last century, two major earthquakes that triggered destructive tsunamis hit the two countries: the 1906 Ecuador-Colombia earthquake (Mw 8.8 of magnitude) and the 1979 Tumaco earthquake (Mw 8.2 of magnitude).

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17 February 2020

From 2 to 6 June, actors from around the globe will meet in Lisbon, Portugal for the Second United Nations Ocean Conference. This conference will reconvene stakeholders three years after the 2017 Ocean Conference with the aim of scaling up ocean action based on science and innovation to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

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13 February 2020

Paris, France - This Thursday 13 of February, Unesco is celebrating the ninth edition of World Radio Day, the day the United Nations radio was established in 1946. A great opportunity for the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission to launch a series of podcasts to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by oceans.

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12 February 2020

Engaged in joint worldwide cooperative projects since the 1990s, the world’s two leading scientific cooperation organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in light of their common determination to work together on the development and implementation of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (the Ocean Decade).

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31 January 2020

Paris, France – A partnership agreement between UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the International Monohull Open Class Association (IMOCA) was signed today at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France. Over the next two years, the two partners will carry out joint projects to support marine scientific research and to raise awareness about the importance of ocean science for the protection of the ocean and the sustainable use of marine resources.

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30 January 2020

The 2019-2020 earthquake sequence in Puerto Rico may have – the first of such destructive disasters of the new year and Decade – highlighted the need to raise disaster research and readiness above the whim of changing fiscal and political priorities. If the right lessons are learned, the new Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) could keep society and public policy makers on track to ensure we have “the time, depth of knowledge and confidence to make split second decisions when lives are at stake.”

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16 January 2020

In the latest in our blog series in the lead-up to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, we catch up with Lysa Wini-Simeon, Ocean Governance Officer for the Solomon Islands.

Can you tell us more about your role, and how you got involved in working on ocean governance?

I'm working with 12 different Ministries to develop an integrated ocean governance framework, and my role is supported by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Oceania.

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3 January 2020

New Zealand Government will deploy a network of DART buoys to monitor changes in sea level and reduce time needed to issue tsunami alerts.

New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare have announced the deployment of a network of DART (Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami) buoys to safeguard the country’s coast against tsunami risk.

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