What is the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development?

On 5 December 2017, the United Nations proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, to be held from 2021 to 2030.

The Ocean Decade provides a convening framework 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 system, and deliver science-based solutions to achieve the 2030 Agenda.

The vision of the Ocean Decade is "the science we need for the ocean we want". The Decade will provide a "once in a lifetime" opportunity to create a new foundation, across the science-policy interface, to strengthen the management of our oceans and coasts for the benefit of humanity.

Under the Ocean Decade Framework, Ocean Decade Challenges, Decade Objectives and Decade Actions will contribute to addressing and achieving the Decade Outcomes.

Ocean Decade Implementation Plan

The Ocean Decade Implementation Plan (Summary) identifies seven Decade Outcomes for the Ocean we want at the end of the Ocean Decade. The Outcomes describe both the desired state of the ocean and the desired state of society’s use of, and interaction with, the ocean.