Virtual Ocean Literacy Summit on 8 June 2020

On behalf of the UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, we would like to welcome you on this page which will host the first Virtual Ocean Literacy Summit on 8 June 2020


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Ocean Literacy (OL) is defined as the understanding of our influence on the ocean and the ocean’s influence on us. Ocean literacy is a methodological approach to increase the awareness of the public about responsible and informed behavior towards the ocean and its resources. It is not just knowledge about the state of the ocean but a deeper understanding of our individual and collective responsibilities to take care of our planet’s largest ecosystem.

In the context of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021 – 2030 (“The Decade” for short), Ocean Literacy is expected to play a key role to transform ocean knowledge into action. As part of the Decade, OL will help to advance sustainable production practices, develop evidence-based public marine policy, influence the ocean science research agenda by identifying the science questions that are most relevant to society, promote a more responsible citizenry, and encourage young people to start a career in the ocean economy or in marine science.

Celebrate the World Oceans Day by joining the First Virtual Ocean Literacy Summit

The first Virtual Ocean Literacy Summit is being organized on the occasion of World Oceans Day 2020 (June 8). The Summit will celebrate the successes of the ocean literacy community worldwide and aims to achieve the following three objectives:

  • Present the need for shared responsibility, connectivity, and a global vision for the ocean.
  • Explore the role of OL as an essential tool for the transformation of scientific knowledge into action within the context of the Decade.
  • Inspire stakeholders, institutions, organizations, and individuals to join the global OL community and contribute to the achievement of its goals in the course of the Decade.

Discover the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021 – 2030

The Decade will provide a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to create a new foundation, across the science-policy interface, to strengthen the management of the ocean. The Decade is embracing a participative and transformative process so that scientists, policy makers, managers, and service users can work together to ensure that ocean science delivers greater benefits for both the ocean ecosystem and for society.

The Decade will address 6 societal outcomes:

-A Clean Ocean

-A Sustainable and Productive Ocean

-A Healthy and Resilient Ocean

-A Transparent and Accessible Ocean

-A Predicted Ocean 

-A Safe Ocean

Discover UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) promotes international cooperation in marine sciences to improve management of the ocean, coasts and marine resources. The IOC enables its 150 Member States to work together by coordinating programmes in capacity development, ocean observations and services, ocean science and tsunami warning. The work of the IOC contributes to the mission of UNESCO to promote the advancement of science and its applications to develop knowledge and capacity, key to economic and social progress, the basis of peace and sustainable development.

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    UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

    Virtual Ocean Literacy Summit

    8 June, 2020

    9am – 12:30 am UTC

    Draft Agenda

    (9:00-9:05) Special opening message: UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay 


    (9:05-9:10) Vladimir Ryabinin (Executive Secretary of IOC-UNESCO): Ocean Decade, Ocean Literacy 

    (9:10-9:15) Justin Wordland, moderator (Time Magazine journalist)

    (9:15-9:25)  Keynote by Peter Thomson(UN Special Envoy for the Ocean): Why we need ocean action, and the role of ocean literacy  

    (9:25-9:28) VideoThe Earth has One big Ocean with many features

    (9:28-9:30) Panel 1:  Our ocean connects us … 

    • Ricardo Serrão Santos, Minister of the Sea of Portugal
    • Thomas Remengesau Jr., President of Palau 
    • Chip Cunliffe, Head of Sustainability, AXA 
    • Helen Ågren, Ambassador for the Ocean, Sweden 
    • Tyler-Rae Chung, Member of the Early Career Ocean Professionals Group for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 

    9:55-10:10 Debate with moderators 

    Debate – 10:10-10:20

    10:20-10:25 Megan Rowling, moderator (Thomson Reuters journalist)

    Panel 2Our Ocean engages us…

    • Margaret Leinen, Scripps Institute
    • Kerstin Forsberg, Planeta Oceano
    • Nina Jensen, REVOcean
    • Jyotika Virmani, Schmidt Ocean Institute
    • Markus Reymann, Alligator Head Foundation and TBA21 Academy 
    • Sylvia Spalding, IPMEN and NMEA

    10:50-11:00 – questions with moderator 

    Debate with questions from the audience 11:10-11:15

    Lisa Friedman, moderator (New York Time journalist) – 11:15-11:20

    Video by Anne de Carbuccia, One Planet, One Future 

    Panel 3Our Ocean inspires us 

    • Can Büyükberbere, Visual Artist 
    • John Canning, Interactive and MR Producer
    • Görkem Hayta, Cultural Diplomacy Expert 
    • Lorenzo Bertelli, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility of Prada S.p.A. 
    • Alexia Barrier, International Monohull Open Class Association (IMOCA)

    11:50-12:00 debate with moderator 

    Debate with audience – 12:00-12:10

    12:10-12:15 Video message– EC Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, The EU Ocean Literacy Initiative 

    12:15-12:20 Kenza Khallafi, Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection, a proposal for an Ocean Literacy Network in Africa 

    12:20-12:25 The way forward – OL as part of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and looking forward to the 10 years we have to work together – Julian Barbière (IOC-UNESCO) 

    12:25-12:28 Teaser Demo of Panel 3 (featuring Tame Impala’s One More Year) 

    Closing remarks 

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