The United Nations has designated the years 2021 to 2030 as the ‘Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development’.
The aim is to boost international coordination and cooperation in research and scientific programmes for better management of ocean and coastal zone resources and reducing maritime risks. The UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will be leading the campaign.
“The ocean is a new frontier – it covers 71 per cent of the globe [but] we have explored less than 5 per cent. The Decade will ensure greater coordination of research,” said Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of UNESCO, urging all stakeholders to join the endeavour.
Across the world, close to three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity to meet their needs.
Oceans – critical for survival of all people across the planet – absorb around a third of the carbon dioxide (CO2) produced by humans and reduce the impact of climate change.