2024 Ocean Decade Conference

10 - 12 April 2024 | Barcelona, Spain
2024 Ocean Decade Conference

The 2024 Ocean Decade Conference will take place on 10-12 April 2024, the culmination of an Ocean Decade Week running from 8-12 April in the coastal city of Barcelona.

This three-day, in-person event will be a key moment for a wide range of stakeholders to take stock of the achievements of the first three years of the Ocean Decade and formulate a shared vision for the years ahead.

The Conference will be structured into four thematic sessions based around groupings of the Ocean Decade Challenges. These sessions will comprise a mix of plenary and parallel sessions to present the results of the Ocean Decade Vision 2030 process, to showcase innovative science-solutions initiatives and to develop recommendations for the validation and finalisation of a common strategic ambition for each Ocean Decade Challenge.

2024 will mark the fourth year of implementation of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). Under the leadership of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, the Ocean Decade has already galvanized thousands of partners around the world to start delivering the science we need for the ocean we want.

The time is now ripe to address key questions related to the Ocean Decade: What have been the main achievements since the launch of the Ocean Decade? What should be the key areas for action over the next three to five years?

Focused on ‘delivering the science we need for the ocean we want’, the 2024 Ocean Decade Conference, which will be hosted by the Government of Spain in Barcelona, will bring together the global Ocean Decade community and partners to celebrate and take stock of progress, and set joint priorities for the future.

An important milestone on the path to 2030, the event will cover the full range of Ocean Decade Challenges including critical issues such as climate change, food security, sustainable management of biodiversity, sustainable ocean economy, pollution, and natural hazards.

Over three days from the 10 – 12 April, the 2024 Ocean Decade Conference will create a new foundation to strengthen the sustainable management of the ocean and drive science-based innovation, from global to local, leaving no one behind.

In the lead up to the Conference, partners will also have the opportunity to complement the official Conference programme through Satellite Events.

The Ocean Decade is delighted to invite you to save the date for the launch of the request for registration. By participating in this pivotal event of the Ocean Decade journey, you will play a crucial role in shaping the future of our ocean and making tangible strides towards a sustainable planet.

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