From COP21 towards the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)

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Since COP21, new elements of knowledge came to light, thus enhancing our understanding of the interactions between ocean, climate and biodiversity. The well-being of marine ecosystems is recognized as central to combat climate change, highlighting the need to support and develop ocean science.

In view of the launching of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021–2030), IOC-UNESCO and the Ocean and Climate Platform are organizing a High Level Scientific Conference on 10 and 11 September 2018, at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

The conference aims at synthesizing recent scientific progress on ocean and climate interplays; evaluating the latest ocean-climate trends within the context of increased ocean action; and reflecting on ways to move “from science to action”.
Organized around four sessions, the event will bring together scientists from multiple disciplines, civil society, businesses, decision-makers and UN entities, to share their expertise on ocean and climate related issues.

September 10:
• Session 1 (2pm-3.30pm) – What does science tell us today about the ocean?
• Session 2 (4pm-5.30pm) – An intergovernmental organization perspective on ocean, climate and biodiversity knowledge

September 11:
• Session 3 (9am-10.30am) – From science to action: how can the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development make a difference?
• Session 4 (11am-12.30pm) – From science to action: which policies?

Special Sessions:
• September 10 (9am-12.30pm) – Sciences cooperation, policies interfaces and SDGs in South Atlantic Ocean / Organized by the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD) and the University of Western Brittany
• September 10 (1pm-2pm) – Women in Ocean Science / Organized by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the Permanent Delegation of Canada to UNESCO
• September 11 (2pm-4pm) – Academic research: which contributions to the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science? / Organized by the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the National Research Alliance for the Environment (AllEnvi)


Please note that access to the Conference is subject to seat availability. A livestream will be available at UNESCO on September 10 in Room IX and on September 11 in Room VIII.

If you are unable to attend in person, you may still follow the Conference online. All sessions will be broadcast live in English and French via the following links:


Type of Event Category 4- International Congress
Start 10.09.2018 14:00 local time
End 11.09.2018 13:30 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Herve, Rejane
Organizer Intergovernemental Oceanographic Commission, Ocean and Climate Platform
Contact Rejane Hervé (
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 7, place de Fontenoy
Room Room X
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants
Official Website
Link 1 Visit IOC's website
Link 2 Visit the Conference's webpage
Link 3 UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021–2030)
Link 4