The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) (UN Ocean Decade) provides the opportunity to strengthen international cooperation needed to develop scientific research and innovative technologies that can connect ocean science with the needs of society.
The Kickoff Conference will mark the launch of the UN Ocean Decade in the Western Pacific and its adjacent areas, and represent the beginning of the region-wide efforts in a substantive development and implementation of Decade Actions. It aims to catalyze partnerships among various ocean stakeholder communities in the region, and initiate co-design of transformative ocean science solutions to the Ocean Decade Challenges in order to achieve the Ocean Decade Outcomes.
The two-day conference will be composed of:
- a high-level segment featuring high level commitments from UN agencies, governments, business and private sectors, and other stakeholder groups; and
- a series of interactive side events entitled “Decade Action Incubator” aiming to facilitate the development of potential Decade Actions such as Decade Programmes and Projects, and key cross-cutting issues including capacity development and Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOPs).
The Conference is organized by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO through its Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC), and hosted by the Government of Thailand through its Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, in partnership with a wide range of partners in the region.