On 5 December 2017, the United Nations declared that a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (the “Ocean Decade”) would be held from 2021 to 2030. The Ocean Decade provides a common framework to ensure that ocean science can fully support countries to achieve ocean-related Agenda 2030 priorities focusing on Sustainable Development Goal 14 – the conservation and sustainable management of ocean and marine resources.
The Ocean Decade
provides a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to create a new foundation across the science-policy interface to strengthen the management of our oceans and coasts for the benefit of humanity,
strengthens the international cooperation needed to develop the scientific research and innovative technologies that can connect ocean science with the needs of society, and
requires the engagement of many different stakeholders to create new ideas, solutions, partnerships and applications, these include: scientists, governments, academics, policy makers, business, industry and civil society.
The mission of the Ocean Decade is ‘to catalyze transformative ocean science solutions for sustainable development, connecting people and our ocean’.
The Tula Foundation's Ocean Decade Collaborative Center for the Northeast Pacific has a central role to play as part of the Decade governance and coordination framework as described in the Ocean Decade Implementation Plan. The Collaborative Center will help tackle the Ocean Decade Challenges across our region as the main interface between Decade Actions in the region – in the form of programmes and projects – and the Decade Coordination Unit.