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Based in Paris, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO holds a universal mandate and global convening power for ocean science and capacity development in support of the 2030 Agenda and its sustainable goals.

With a strong regional presence in Africa, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific, the IOC provides field expertise in all ocean basins, and works in cooperation with UN and international partners to coordinate ocean-related activities in 148 Member States.

For nearly 60 years, UNESCO’s IOC has developed a strong outreach capacity to mobilize national policy makers, scientific institutions and civil society toward conserving ocean health; coordinating early warning systems for ocean hazards such as tsunami; ensuring ecosystem resilience to climate change; and constantly developing knowledge of emerging ocean issues. The Global Ocean Science Report, IOC-UNESCO's flagship publication, provides every five years a worldwide stocktaking of national ocean science capacities.

The IOC is fully mobilized to prepare the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), a global collective framework to bolster investments and technological innovation in ocean scientific research. Only more and better knowledge can help us deliver the ocean we need for the future we want. Join us!




Vers une consommation durable des ressources de la mer : le rôle de la science et des chefs en tant qu'acteurs du changement. June 06 2019 @ 2:30 PM - 8:00 PM



14h30 - 18h00 | Conférence

"Vers une consommation durable des ressources de la mer : le rôle de la science et des chefs en tant qu'acteurs du changement. L'expérience des femmes pour une gastronomie saine, raisonnée et innovante." 

Animée par : Estérelle Payany

18h00 | Cocktail océan durable

par l'Equipage des cuisiniers de la mer & les lauréats du Concours Olivier Roellinger


Interprétation français-anglais.

wod kenya

World Oceans Day @ Pwani University Kenya June 07 2018 @ 9:00 AM - June 08 2018 @ 10:00 PM

Day 1: Thursday June 7, 2018


Tour of Regeneration Africa in Malindi for an experience on how ocean plastic waste is converted to long lasting construction products.

By UNESCO & Regeneration Africa



Tour of Eco-World: a private recycling firm that makes artifacts from recycled plastic.    

Clean up in Venice

Plastic Free Venice June 08 2018 @ 3:00 PM - June 09 2018 @ 9:30 PM

The UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice, in collaboration with various Venetian and national institutions including CNR-ISMAR and Veritas, is organizing a clean-up day for plastic waste that, incidentally or voluntarily abandoned, invade vast lagoon areas as well as the channels of the historic centre of Venice.  

The initiative is of a purely civic and educational nature, without any political connotation and open to every single individual or associations that intend to adhere on a personal or collective basis.

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Récifs coralliens: Un enjeu pour l'humanité (Exposition photographique) June 02 2018 @ 9:00 AM - August 30 2018 @ 6:00 PM



« Récifs coralliens, un enjeu pour l’humanité » restitue le travail du photographe Alexis Rosenfeld et d’Alexie Valois, journaliste. Il témoigne de la beauté de ces joyaux de biodiversité, il présente les missions de suivi scientifique, et insiste sur l’importance, pour chacun de nous, de préserver les récifs coralliens de tous les océans.


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