27.04.2018 - Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

Experts kick off production of the second Global Ocean Science Report

© UNESCO - Group photo during the first Editorial Board meeting of the second edition of the GOSR.

Experts officially kicked off production of the second edition of the Global Ocean Science Report (GOSR), with a target publication date set around early 2020. First released in June 2017, the Report identifies and quantifies the key elements of ocean science at the national, regional and global scales, including workforce, infrastructure and publications.

Between 24-26 April, UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) convened the first meeting of the Editorial Board of the second edition of the GOSR, under the leadership of Co-Chairs Jacqueline Uku (Kenya) and Jan Mees (Belgium), at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. The twelve-member Editorial Board will guide the production of the Report, providing strategic guidance, quality assurance and designing an adequate peer-review process.

Mr Mees also highlighted the connection between the second GOSR and the upcoming UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly on 5 December 2017 and set to take place between January 2021 and December 2030. “The first GOSR was an effort to map science capacity worldwide, but now we have to think about new context: the Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Decade of Ocean Science – all the while thinking about where we want to be in terms of ocean science capacity by the time the 2030 deadline comes knocking.”

For the IOC, the GOSR is an important pillar of its overall strategy to achieve the SDGs by 2030, and its key role as coordinator of the UN Decade of Ocean Science. According to IOC Executive Secretary Vladimir Ryabinin, the GOSR can nourish the science-policy interface, engaging the best science and communicating with governments to elevate the profile of ocean science from curiosity to authority.

“The Global Ocean Science Report has an important monitoring role, to ensure we’re growing sustainably while keeping the ocean healthy. It’s a strong tool to translate science into government decisions that will deliver what we’ve set out to do by 2030,” reiterated Mr Ryabinin during the opening of the Editorial Board meeting.

Fitting with the publication of its first edition during the UN Ocean Conference (5-9 June 2017), the Editorial Board decided to set a publication date for the second GOSR edition at the time of the second UN Ocean Conference, expected to take place during the first quarters of 2020.

The first edition of the GOSR is available online alongside its Executive Summary in the six official United Nations languages.

For more information, please contact:

Salvatore Aricò (s.arico(at)unesco.org

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