UNESCO to Conduct Major Stocktaking of Climate Change Impact on Oceans


Leading researchers from more than 50 countries will share the latest science concerning climate change impacts on ocean ecosystems at the 4th International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans at Washington D.C., USA between 4th and 8th June, 2018.

Co-organized by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO), the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES), and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), this International Symposium, takes place every three to four years.

Recognizing the ocean’s valuable contributions to people’s livelihoods and health, the Symposium this year will provide a unique forum for scientists and experts to share information, highlight activities, build partnerships and shape the future of this important field of research. Concluding on World Oceans Day, 8 June, the Symposium will tackle some of the concerns that have led the UN to proclaim 2021 to 2030 as the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, under IOC-UNESCO’s coordination.

The UN Decade of Ocean Science is aimed at providing a unique opportunity to mobilize resources for ocean science and strengthen the management of marine and coastal areas for the benefit of humanity. IOC-UNESCO is also in charge of coordinating international efforts to ensure progress in achieving Goal 14 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Agenda for 2030 concerning the conservation and sustainable use of the ocean and its resources.

Image by UNC IMC via Flickr.

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