Call for Decade Actions from the United Nations 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’. To achieve the Ocean Decade vision, a wide range of partners will implement endorsed Decade Actions in the form of programmes, projects or activities over the next ten years.

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.

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:
i. large-scale, multi-country, transformative Decade programmes; and
ii. 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.

Interested parties should complete and submit the relevant online “Request for Endorsement” before  15 January 2021. Decisions on endorsement under this Call will be made in the first quarter of 2021. If you are not yet ready to submit a full request, you can also register your initial ideas via this form and you will have the opportunity to let others working on similar issues know that you are interested in identifying new partners for your proposed Decade Action.

Two virtual sessions are planned to provide additional information on the Call for Decade Actions on the 20 October 2020 between 14h and 15.30h UTC and the 6 November 2020 between 6h and 7.30h UTC.
Registration for Q&A on 20 October 2020
Registration for Q&A on 6 November 2020


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