Previously, he was Executive Secretary of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board; Coordinator of UNESCO’s intersectoral Biodiversity Programme; Senior Researcher at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies; Chief of the Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Programme of the Convention on Biological Diversity; and Researcher at the University of Delaware. He obtained his PhD at the Stazione Zoologica in Naples in 1992. He has authored 90 publications on biodiversity, the ocean, global change and science and technology. Among Salvatore Aricò’s achievements are building the scholarly evidence demonstrating the need for a BBNJ agreement and contributing to the creation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. He has been serving the UN for 28+ years and holding academic affiliations in the Americas, Asia and Europe.