Ocean Decade Virtual Series - Fostering innovative ocean science partnerships for Small Island Developing States

The Decade will provide a framework for collaborative and participative ocean research, and support better integration of diverse knowledge systems from different science disciplines and ocean communities.

Convened by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the Natural Sciences Sector of UNESCO, in partnership with United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS), this virtual session will focus on the importance of partnership-based approaches to ocean science for sustainable development in SIDS.

The session will explore transformative partnerships (including SIDS-SIDS cooperation) required to foster knowledge generation, solution-oriented and transdisciplinary research, and to support innovation.

 

REGISTRATION

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CONTACT
Marie-Elaine Boivin
Programme Specialist – IOC of UNESCO
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Challenges and Opportunities for Researchers in the #GlobalSouth

Hosted by the Training Centre Communication, the webinar will focus on:

  • What are the challenges in student financing in the Global South?
  • What opportunities exist for early career researchers (Undergraduate- PostDocs)?
  • What Global partnerships exist to provide scholarships to early career researchers?

Join webinar at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eldTPtT5T2WrFkZk3pGfUw

Enhancing the Ocean Best Practices System to support the global ocean observing community

Around 500 ocean observations and data management experts gathered virtually on 18-30 September 2020 to review the Ocean Best Practices System (OBPS) and formulate recommendations for its enhancement.

Overall, the experts identified some needs to be addressed by the OBPS in order to enhance its support to the global ocean observing community. These range from improved interoperability among different ocean observations and data management systems to the development of new training activities – in particular remote and virtual learning; from effectively engaging multiple cultures – including indigenuous languages – to increasing collaboration among existing initiatives and define the role of ocean best practices in support of the upcoming UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030, the “Ocean Decade” for short).

Other key areas for improvement were identified, including:

  • OBPS infrastructure: Improve user experience, including the interface; and implement a Best Pactices Convergence Process to make sharing of protocols, samples, data, and code more effective.
  • Capacity development: Create dedicated training packages for specific groups, online training courses for indigenuous communities, activities aimed at developing capacities of professionals working in the blue economy and align these acitivities with the Ocean Decade actions.
  • Potential for collaboration and partnerships: A diverse group of stakeholders should be further integrated into the OBPS, including Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOPs), the fisheries sector, and experts in the areas of ethics – for ethical issues related to research activities, marine litter, sargassum research and management, surface radiation, among others. Future developments of OPBS should also open to non-scientific stakeholders.

The whole set of recommendations from the Workshop will be submitted to the OBPS Steering Committee for resolution.

About US

The Ocean Data and Information Network for Africa has been one of the most successful projects of the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange programme (IODE) of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC).

Contact Us

IOC Coordinator in Africa

IOC Sub Commission for Africa and the Adjacent Island States
UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa

P.O. Box 30592-00100, Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: +254 20 7621244