ATCM XLIII and CEP XXIII 2021, Paris, France / Online
IP136: The Southern Ocean contribution to the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development
Submitted: 15 May 2021
In 2017, the United Nations proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health, and globally strengthen the international cooperation needed to develop the scientific research and innovative technologies that can connect ocean science with the needs of society. By gathering stakeholders worldwide, the initiative intends to set up a common framework to ensure ocean science can fully support countries in achieving the sustainable management of oceans across the globe.
The vast, remote and harsh environment of the Southern Ocean means that no single nation can sustain a research and data strategy alone to understand and manage this region. The Southern Ocean community of stakeholders is globally unique in its operation within the context of the Antarctic Treaty System, which is based on scientific understanding and environmental protection. It is imperative to strengthen international collaborations to improve scientific understanding of this remote region.
The Decade Societal Outcomes are strongly affiliated with the remit of the Antarctic Treaty. The Southern Ocean community therefore recognises the need to develop and implement a coordinated, international plan that builds on an understanding of how human interactions with the Southern Ocean can benefit society in ways that will also protect and conserve the unique characteristics of this region.
ATCM - Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting
CEP - Committee for Environmental Protection
43rd Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting
14 - 24 June 2021