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The 2024 Ocean Decade Conference Trello board.

The 2024 Ocean Decade Conference Backgrounder.

The 2024 Ocean Decade Conference Barcelona Statement.

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Proclaimed in 2017 by the United Nations General Assembly, the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) (‘the Ocean Decade’) seeks to stimulate ocean science and knowledge generation to reverse the decline of the state of the ocean system and catalyse new opportunities for sustainable development of this massive marine ecosystem. The vision of the Ocean Decade is ‘the science we need for the ocean we want’. The Ocean Decade provides a convening framework for scientists and stakeholders from diverse sectors to develop the scientific knowledge and the partnerships needed to accelerate and harness advances in ocean science to achieve a better understanding of the ocean system, and deliver science-based solutions to achieve the 2030 Agenda. The UN General Assembly mandated UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC/UNESCO) to coordinate the preparations and implementation of the Decade.

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC/UNESCO) promotes international cooperation in marine sciences to improve management of the ocean, coasts and marine resources. The IOC enables its 150 Member States to work together by coordinating programmes in capacity development, ocean observations and services, ocean science and tsunami warning. The work of the IOC contributes to the mission of UNESCO to promote the advancement of science and its applications to develop knowledge and capacity, key to economic and social progress, the basis of peace and sustainable development.

Barcelona Capital Nàutica is a public foundation that promotes initiatives linked to the nautical environment to improve people’s lives and raise awareness of the care of the sea, through sport and sustainability. It was founded in 2005 as Fundació Navegació Oceànica Barcelona (FNOB) to promote ocean sailing, and in 2022 it became the Barcelona Capital Nàutica Foundation with the aim of promoting sailing and blue development through nautical activities. Its aim is to transform the city of Barcelona and the region of Catalonia into one of the nautical capitals of the world, an international benchmark for top-level competitive sailing, from a sports, educational, business and scientific point of view. Its creation was the result of the idea of a platform formed by Ministerio de Educación y Deporte, Generalitat de Catalunya, Ajuntament de Barcelona, Port of Barcelona, Consorci de Turisme de Barcelona, Diputació de Barcelona, Cambra de Comerç de Barcelona and Barcelona Global association, which are the current trustees of the Foundation.

Barcelona City Council has made a strong commitment towards the blue economy and launched a strategy in 2021 that aims to boost the blue economy sectors so that they become a vector of job creation, economic and social development of the city, with innovation and sustainability as the main drivers, and reinforcing the citizens’ connection to their coastline. (https://www.barcelonactiva.cat/en/blueeconomy).

Moreover, the Government of Catalonia has formulated a maritime strategy for the period until 2030, aiming to fully unleash the potential of Catalonia's blue economy within its maritime domain.

The Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO), is a National Center of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), under the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, dedicated to research in marine sciences, especially in relation to scientific knowledge of the oceans, the sustainability of fisheries resources and the marine environment. The IEO represents Spain in most of the international scientific and technological forums related to the sea and its resources. It has nine coastal oceanographic centers, five marine culture experimentation plants, 12 tide stations, a satellite image receiving station and a fleet made up of four oceanographic vessels, among which the Ramón Margalef and Ángeles Alvariño stand out.

The Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM) is the fourth largest research institute of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the largest dedicated to marine research. Under the motto “Ocean Science for a Healthy Planet”, the ICM conducts frontier research and foster both knowledge and technology transfer on topics related to ocean and climate interactions, conservation and sustainable use of marine life and ecosystems, and impact mitigation of natural and anthropogenic hazards. In-depth knowledge, determined action, and coordinated management are essential to confronting these global challenges, thereby driving sustainable development of humankind. In 2020, the ICM was awarded with the Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence accreditation, further promoting ICM’s leadership role in marine research in Spain with a relevant commitment to generating societal impact.

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IOC/UNESCO

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Barcelona Capital Nàutica Foundation

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Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities of Spain

Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities of Spain

Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO-CSIC)

Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO-CSIC)

Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC)

Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC)

Government of Catalonia

Government of Catalonia

Barcelona City Council

Barcelona City Council

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