Mozambique: UN responds as thousands are caught in the wake of devastating Cyclone Eloise

In the aftermath of the Second World War, some countries advocated the sharing of oceanographic knowledge on a global scale. However, it was not until December 1960 that the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO – the first body responsible for strengthening intergovernmental co-operation in the marine sciences – was create

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What is the impact of the Agulhas Current on the local climate and why does it matter in the global context?

South Africa has one of the fastest and strongest flowing currents in the world running along its east coast: The Agulhas Current. It influences local as well as global rainfall and climate. The article explains why it’s important to monitor a current that plays a significant role in the global ocean conveyor belt.

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Ocean Decade Virtual Series: Co-designing the science we need for the Ocean Decade: Part 2

The virtual session “Co-designing the science we need for the Ocean Decade” was convened by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO in partnership with the International Science Council, as part of the Ocean Decade Virtual Series. The slides and recording of the session will be soon available on the Ocean Decade Website. The final report of the series will also be posted on the website shortly.

Regional initiatives and National Decade Committees

Following the Decade Regional Planning workshops that were held throughout 2019 and 2020, informal stakeholders’ platforms have been established in several regions to advance the identification of regional initiatives and programmes for the Ocean Decade.

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60th Anniversary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO & Launch of the Global Ocean Science Report 2020

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2020. The Commission was created within UNESCO to promote coordinated international research about the global ocean and its various basins, based on the pioneer experiences of the International Geophysical Year (1957-58) and the first International Indian Ocean Expedition.

The 60th Anniversary of IOC is an opportunity to take stock of what has been achieved and look forward to a UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) filled with challenges and opportunities.