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Monday, January 11 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
MtG Symposium: UN Decade of Ocean Science

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Proclaimed in 2017 by the United Nations General Assembly, the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) seeks to stimulate ocean science and knowledge generation to reverse the decline of the state of the ocean system and catalyse new opportunities for sustainable development of the ocean and its ressources. The Ocean Decade provides a convening framework for scientists and stakeholders from diverse sectors to develop the scientific knowledge and the partnerships needed to accelerate and harness advances in ocean science to achieve a better understanding of the ocean system, and deliver science-based solutions to achieve the 2030 Agenda. A key challenge identified in the Decade Implementation Plan focuses on the development of a comprehensive digital representation of the ocean, including a dynamic ocean map, which provides free and open access for exploring, discovering, and visualizing past, current, and future ocean conditions in a manner relevant to diverse stakeholders.

The Session will focus on the challenges and opportunities the Decade offers in term of dramatically scaling up the way we collect and share ocean data, expand our global coverage through cooperation, invest in exploration of the sea floor through innovative multi-stakeholder partnerships, and grow the scientific capacity of all nations to collect, manage, analyze, and use ocean bathymetric data through mapping applications for better stewardship of ocean resources.

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Julian Barbiere

Head, Marine Policy and Regional Implementation Section, UNESCO - IOC
I am working in a UN organization focusing on the application of ocean science and observation to ocean management issues. One of our key objective is to assist countries to put in place sustainable ocean policies.

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Larry Mayer

Co-Head of Seabed 2030 Arctic and North Pacific Ocean Regional Center
Advancing ocean mapping goals through the Ocean Decade
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HE Michael Lodge

Secretary General, International Seabed Authority
Topic: Mapping the Area – Needs for deep sea research and mineral explorationShort Bio:M.W. Lodge has been re-elected as Secretary-General of ISA in November 2020 after a first mandate as head of the Organization. With more than 30 years of experience as a public international lawyer... Read More →
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Sturla Henriksen

Special Advisor, Ocean, United Nations Global Compact
Topic: The contribution of the private sector in ocean mappingShort Bio:Mr. Henriksen was CEO of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association from 2008 to 2017. Prior to this, he served as partner/senior executive at Accenture Management Consulting. In addition to ten years of experience... Read More →
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Sean Cullen

Head of Marine and Coastal Unit, Geological Survey Ireland
Ocean mapping applications for ocean management/marine spatial planning purpose.
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Lucy Scott

Data and Science Coordinator for the UNDP GEF, Agulhas & Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystems (ASCLME)

Monday January 11, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm CET