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Call for Decade Actions for UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

The vision of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development is ‘the science we need for the ocean we want’. A call for 'Decade Actions' - in the form of programmes, projects and other activities - has now been released in order to help meet that vision.

Via this first ‘Call for Decade Actions’, partners are invited to request endorsement under the Ocean Decade for transformative Decade Actions that contribute to the Ocean Decade vision. This Call for Decade Actions is the first of series that will launched as part of the Ocean Decade and it focuses specifically on:

  • large-scale, multi-country, transformative Decade programmes; and
  • large-scale contributions of in-kind or financial resources for Decade Actions or coordination costs.

Programmes or contributions that will enhance the sustainability of ocean science, including infrastructure or individual or institutional capacity, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic are welcome in response to this call. Actions in any part of the world are welcome, and there is no limitation on who can submit a request for endorsement.

Proponents of endorsed Decade Actions will have the opportunity to join a highly visible, shared, global effort that builds on decades of achievement in ocean science. There will be opportunities to create new collaborations across disciplines, geographies and generations, as well as opportunities to access new sources of support.

Interested parties can find out more on the Ocean Decade website.

The deadline for completion of the online “Request for Endorsement” is 15 January 2021, and decisions on endorsement under this Call will be made in the first quarter of 2021.

Photo: Observing geophysical turbulence (Maria Eletta Negretti via

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