The United Nations has dedicated the years 2021 to 2030 as the “Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development”. This is in light of the critical role the oceans play in reducing climate change – they absorb around a third of the carbon dioxide (CO2) produced by humans. As part of the campaign, the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) will be boosting international coordination and cooperation in research and scientific programmes for better management of ocean and coastal zone resources and reducing maritime risks.
“The ocean is a new frontier – it covers 71 per cent of the globe [but] we have explored less than 5 percent. The Decade will ensure greater coordination of research,” said Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of UNESCO, urging all stakeholders to join the endeavour.
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