News Release 

Introduction to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

University of Portsmouth

Scientific Meeting Announcement

The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) (UN Decade) has an ambitious, transformative agenda developed to help reduce the decline in ocean health.

Alan will present the journey from a 2017 UN General Assembly proclamation of a UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development to the submission to the UN General Assembly in 2020 of an Implementation Plan as developed by the IOC-UNESCO.

The Decade Implementation Plan provides a non-prescriptive framework for transformational action that will build on existing achievements and deliver across geographies, sectors, disciplines, and generations.

Alan will outline:

· the key Challenges, Objectives and anticipated initiatives which will require the involvement of an interdisciplinary network of stakeholders, including Early Career Ocean Professionals

· finish with an overview of the UKs approach to bring visibility to UK contributions.

Speaker bio:

Alan Evans is Head of Marine Policy at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK.

He holds a number of positions at international fora, including as the Alternate Head of the UK Delegation at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO). It is in this capacity that he will share his experiences as a de-facto focal point for UK contributions to the development of the UN Decade.

Centre for Blue Governance

The transdisciplinary Centre for Blue Governance, University of Portsmouth, works towards a vision of healthy and well-governed aquatic systems for the planet's future. For more information, please visit our website.

Twitter: @blue_centre

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