Arctic Ocean Decade Workshop

The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) presents
a unique opportunity to deliver scientific knowledge and ensure that ocean science can fully support countries’ actions to sustainably manage the ocean and achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

As part of a global consultation process in preparation of the UN Decade, the Arctic workshop will provide opportunities to further discuss, prioritize and formulate proposals for Arctic initiatives to be framed under the UN Decade.

The workshop will address the six societal objectives of the Decade:

  • Safe ocean
  • Sustainable & productive ocean
  • Transparent & accessible ocean
  • Clean ocean
  • Healthy & resilient ocean
  • Predicted ocean

Arctic temperatures are rising, and the effects are already apparent. The Arctic Ocean could be largely free of summer ice in the 2030s. Marine species are moving northwards, with consequences for subsistence hunting and commercial fisheries. In addition, the Arctic Ocean opens for increased commercial activities. The Arctic Ocean transition may affect global weather systems and the global economy. Combined, this calls for a special regional focus as part of the Decade.   

The Arctic Ocean Decade Policy-Business-Science Dialogue will provide a forum to gather Arctic leaders and key stakeholders such as scientists, industry, NGOs, policy-makers and foundations. The aim is to identify key ocean policy and sustainable development actions. 

The outcomes of this event will also inform discussions at a second Arctic Workshop taking place in Copenhagen at the end of April 2020.

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