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2024 Ocean Decade Conference

The 2024 Ocean Decade Conference will be part of an entire Ocean Decade Week in Barcelona that will run from 8 to 12 April 2024. The official Conference will run for three days from 10 to 12 April at the Barcelona International Convention Centre.

The 2024 Ocean Decade Conference will commence with a high-level opening segment on the 10 April 2024, at which Heads of State, leaders of UN agencies, industry and philanthropic leaders will be present. The high-level opening segment will be followed by a plenary session focusing on the conditions of success for the Ocean Decade including inclusivity, equity and diversity across gender, generations and geographies.

Between the afternoon of the 10 April and the morning of the 12 April, the Conference will be structured into four thematic sessions based around groupings of the Ocean Decade Challenges. These sessions will comprise a mix of plenary and parallel sessions to present the results of the Ocean Decade Vision 2030 process, to showcase innovative science-solutions initiatives and to develop recommendations for the validation and finalisation of a common strategic ambition for each Ocean Decade Challenge.

The final closing session of the Conference on the 12 April 2024 will commence with a plenary on resources and partnerships in the Ocean Decade that will also provide an opportunity for announcements and commitments by partners. This will be followed by a high-level closing segment that will report the main outcomes of the event, including a Conference Outcomes Statement that will synthesize the vision to 2030 for the Ocean Decade.

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10 April

10.00 - 13.00

Plenary: High Level Opening Segment

Plenary: Conditions of Success for the Ocean Decade

15.00 - 18.00

Session 1: Science and Solutions for a Clean, Healthy and Resilient Ocean

(Challenges 1, 2 and 5 – Pollution, Ecosystems and Climate)

Plenary and Parallel Sessions

11 April

10.00 - 13.00

Session 2: Science and Solutions for a Sustainable and Resilient Ocean Economy

(Challenges 3 and 4 – Sustainable Ocean Economy and Sustainable Blue Food)

Plenary and Parallel Sessions

15.00 - 18.00

Session 3: Science and Solutions for a Safe and Predicted Ocean

(Challenges 6, 7 and 8 – Coastal Resilience, Observations, Data and Predictions)

Plenary and Parallel Sessions

12 April

10.00 - 13.00

Session 4: An Inspiring and Engaging Ocean for All

(Challenges 9 and 10 – Capacity Development, Ocean Literacy, Indigenous and Local Knowledge and Cultural Heritage)

Plenary and Parallel Sessions

15.00 - 18.00

Plenary: Resources and Partnerships for the Ocean Decade

Plenary: Announcements and Commitments for the Ocean Decade

Plenary: Closing Segment - Charting a Vision to 2030

10 April 2024 | 10:00 – 13:00

12:00 - 13:00 | Plenary: Conditions of Success for the Ocean Decade

Co-moderators:

  • Ronnie Noonan-Birch, Marine Socioecologist, Ocean Frontier Institute
  • Gabriel Akoko Juma, PhD Student, Alfred Wegener Institute

Panelists:

  • Arthur Tuda, Executive Secretary, Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Associatio (WIOMSA)
  • Katy Soapi, Coordinator of the Pacific Community Centre for Ocean Science, The Pacific Community (SPC)
  • Alexia Barrier, French sailor
  • Gideon Henderson, Chief Scientific Advisor and Director-General for Science and Analysis, UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

About the thematic sessions:

Each of these sessions will comprise a plenary session taking place in the One Ocean Room (plenary room), followed by parallel sessions. The plenary sessions will commence with a keynote speaker followed by a moderated roundtable discussion providing an overview of achievements, future opportunities and remaining challenges for the issues in question, thus setting the scene for the discussions in the parallel sessions.

The following parallel sessions, entitled ‘Science Solutions Forums’, will start with a presentation of the key elements of the Vision 2030 White Paper for the relevant Challenge and be followed by a series of oral presentations from Decade and non-Decade partners on innovative science-society solutions that are contributing to or aligned with the Challenge. The parallel sessions will close with a moderated interactive dialogue to develop key recommendations from the session for reporting back to plenary.

10 April 2024 | 15:00 – 18:00
Session 1 - Science and Solutions for a Clean, Healthy and Resilient Ocean:
focusing on Challenges 1, 2 and 5 - Marine Pollution, Ecosystems and Ocean-Climate Nexus

15:00 - 16:00 | Plenary session

Keynote speaker: Kestutis Sadauskas, Deputy Director-General of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission

Moderator: Jessica Brown, Back to Blue Initiative

Panelists:

  • Jean-Pierre Gattuso, Research Director at the Laboratory of Oceanography of Villefranche, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)
  • Aileen Tan, Director of Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Imogen Napper, Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Plymouth
  • Marc Simon, Director of Innovation and Strategic Projects, SUEZ France
11 April 2024 | 10:00 – 13:00
Session 2 - Science and Solutions for a Sustainable and Resilient Ocean Economy:
focusing on Challenges 3 and 4 – Sustainable Ocean Economy and Sustainable Blue Food

10:00 - 11:00 | Plenary session

Keynote speaker: Steven Thur, Director of Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Moderator: Claire Jolly, Head of Innovation Policies for Space and Oceans Unit, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Panelists:

  • Sergi Tudela, Director-General of Maritime Policy and Sustainable Fisheries, Government of Catalonia
  • Atsushi Sunami, President, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
  • Peter Haugan, Policy Director, Institute of Marine Research; Professor at the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen
  • Shakuntala Thilsted, Research Program Leader for Value Chains and Nutrition, WorldFish
  • Almotaz Abadi, Deputy Secretary-General, Union for the Mediterranean
11 April 2024 | 15:00 – 18:00
Session 3 - Science and Solutions for a Safe and Predicted Ocean:
focusing on Challenges 6, 7 and 8 – Coastal Resilience, Observations, Data and Predictions

15:00 - 16:00 | Plenary session

Keynote speaker: Dwikorita Karnawati, Head, Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG)

Moderator: Marc Heine, CEO, Fugro

Panelists:

  • Patricia Miloslavich, Program Lead of the East Antarctic Monitoring Program, Australian Antartic Program
  • Pierre Bahurel, Director-General, Mercator Ocean International
  • Ann-Christine Zinkann, Program Manager, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); International Ocean Program Specialist, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
  • Dawn Wright, Chief Scientist, Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI)
  • Kimberly Mathisen, CEO, HubOcean
12 April 2024 | 10:00 – 13:00
Session 4 - An Inspiring and Engaging Ocean for All:
focusing on Challenges 9 and 10 – Capacity Development, Ocean Literacy, Indigenous and Local Knowledge and Cultural Heritage

10:00 - 11:00 | Plenary session

Keynote speaker: H.E. Nadiem Makarim, Minister of Education, Culture, Research and Technology, Indonesia

Moderator: Jacqueline Uku, Senior Research Scientist and Research Coordinator, Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI)

Panelists:

  • Vivienne Solis Rivera, Founder, CoopeSoliDar R.L., Costa Rica
  • Lora Fleming, Director, European Centre for Environment and Human Health; Chair of Oceans, Epidemiology and Human Health, University of Exeter
  • Ronaldo Christofoletti, Professor at the Institute of Marine Sciences, Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP)
  • Josep Luis Pelegri, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
12 April 2024 | 15:00 – 18:00

15:00 - 16:00 | Plenary: Resources and Partnerships for the Ocean Decade

Moderator: Alfredo Giron, Head of Ocean Action Agenda, World Economic Forum

Panelists:

  • François Houllier, President and CEO, French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER)
  • Sylvia Michele Diez, Senior Environmental Specialist, World Bank
  • Hide Sakaguchi, President of the Ocean Policy Research Institute (OPRI), Sasakawa Peace Foundation
  • Susan Gardner, Director of Ecosystems Division, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Barbara Karuth-Zelle, Chief Operating Officer, Allianz SE

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