Southern Ocean
United Nations Decade

United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

The UN Ocean Decade
2021 - 2030

In the aim of reversing the cycle of decline in ocean health, the United Nations proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to globally strengthen the international cooperation needed to develop the scientific research and innovative technologies that can connect ocean science with the needs of society. 

By gathering stakeholders worldwide, the initiative intends to set up a common framework to ensure ocean science can fully support countries in achieving  the sustainable management of oceans across the globe. 

The need for a Southern Ocean Plan

Owing to Antartica’s unique operation within the Antarctic Treaty System, it is imperative to strengthen international collaborations to improve scientific and political understanding of this remote region.

The people behind the plan

Coordinated by the Scientific Committee on Antartcic Research (SCAR), the Southern Ocean Task Force was set up to develop the Southern Ocean Action Plan.

The development process

Based on the recommendations in the global Ocean Decade implementation plan, the Southern Ocean Community engaged in a stakeholder-oriented process to develop the Southern Ocean Action Plan.

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