Conserving the diversity of life on Earth and ocean health is critical to global human welfare, yet essential resources are at risk from the direct results of unsustainable practices. Sustainable development cannot be achieved by technological solutions, political regulation or financial instruments alone. We need to change the way we think and act.

UNESCO is leading the implementation of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for scientists and stakeholders from diverse sectors to develop the scientific knowledge and the partnerships needed to accelerate and harness advances in ocean science to achieve a better understanding of the ocean, and deliver science-based solutions to achieve the 2030 Agenda. 

UNESCO puts ocean science at the forefront of climate action at the Climate COP27

From 6 to 18 November, Heads of State, ministers and negotiators, along with climate activists, mayors, civil society representatives and CEOs will meet in the Egyptian coastal city of Sharm el-Sheikh for the largest annual climate summit.

Join us at COP27 to highlight the important role of ocean science in unlocking climate action!

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Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

The IOC is the United Nations body responsible for supporting global ocean science and services.

UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)

The UN Ocean Decade will unlock knowledge solutions to create the Ocean We Want.

Underwater Cultural Heritage

The world’s water bodies make up the planet`s largest museum, providing a unique testimony to our history.

World Heritage Marine Programme

50 flagship marine protected areas of Outstanding Universal Value: Beacons of Hope In a Changing Ocean

Underwater Cultural Heritage

Publications

UNESCO ocean programmes
2022
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The contribution of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development to the Achievement of the 2030 Agenda
UNESCO/IOC
2022
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Global Ocean Science Report 2020: Charting Capacity for Ocean Sustainability
UNESCO
2020
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Ocean science and international cooperation: historical and personal recollections
UNESCO
2021
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The United Nations World Water Development Report 2022: groundwater: making the invisible visible
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2022
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