UN Decade of the Oceans & Coasts 2021 - 2030

Our Coastal Futures 2020 is an endorsed event by the UN Decade of Ocean Sciences. On 5 December 2017, the United Nations proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, to be held from 2021 to 2030.

This Decade will provide a common framework to ensure that ocean science can fully support countries’ actions to sustainably manage the Oceans and more particularly to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The main principle is that the Decade will address both deep disciplinary understanding of ocean processes and solution-oriented research to generate new knowledge. This knowledge will support societal actors in reducing pressures on the ocean, preserving and restoring ocean ecosystems and safeguarding ocean-related prosperity for generations to come.

The Decade should turn the scientific knowledge and understanding into effective actions supporting improved ocean management, stewardship and sustainable development.

The Roadmap identifies six societal goals of the UN Decade:

Conference themes

Read our exciting 4 main themes

Abstract work for Our Coastal Futures 2020 conference

  • Ontologies: What we Know
  • Sciences: Understanding from Diverse Knowledge Systems
  • Economies: Prosperity and Livelihoods
  • Reciprocity: Mutually Beneficial Interactions