Study Group: United Nations Decade of Ocean Science
Joint PICES Study Group / ICES Council Strategic Initiative to plan participation in the UN Decade of Ocean Science (ICES–PICES Ocean Decade)
  • Acronym: SG-UNDOS
  • Parent Committees: FUTURE
  • Established: PICES-2020
  • Duration: PICES-2020 - Aug. 2021
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    PICES Co-Chair: TBA
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Description
The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development provides an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen and expand the collaborative science between ICES and PICES and with other partner organizations. ICES and PICES are scientific organizations that interact and engage with an array of different groups, from academia, policy, civil society, industry, and foundations throughout the Northern Hemisphere, and through partnerships and specific agreements we are also increasing our presence in the Southern Hemisphere. Our two organizations play leading roles in advancing and communicating scientific understanding of marine ecosystems for societal outcomes. Our partnership brings together diverse networks to increase the overall capacity to conduct ocean science in support of sustainable development and to foster the range of skills necessary to support broad and overarching marine science goals. With the proposed ICES–PICES Ocean Decade, we will consolidate a strategic plan to bring about transformational science during the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (UN Ocean Decade; 2021-2030) by building upon our long history of successful partnerships in advancement of marine science.

An ad-hoc group of ICES and PICES scientists has been engaged since October 2019 in bilateral discussions on joint activities in support of the UN Ocean Decade (see Appendix A). The strategic plans and objectives of both organizations are well-aligned with UN Ocean Decade objectives, positioning ICES, PICES and their associated networks to play a leading role in addressing UN Ocean Decade priorities and societal outcomes. The purpose of the proposed ICES–PICES Ocean Decade is threefold: (a) to establish a common strategy for joint activities, and to provide regional leadership in support of the UN Ocean Decade; (b) to identify and strengthen relationships with partner professional and multilateral organizations to facilitate UN Ocean Decade engagement; and (c) to develop a UN Ocean Decade Programme for endorsement by the IOC. Our Programme proposal will support and leverage ICES, PICES, and member countries’ priorities and initiatives related to the UN Ocean Decade, by emphasizing areas of mutual research interest and policy needs, including climate change, fisheries and ecosystem-based management, social, ecological and environmental dynamics of marine systems, coastal communities and human dimensions, and communication and capacity development (Figure 1). The ICES–PICES Ocean Decade will also incorporate strategies to facilitate UN Ocean Decade cross-cutting inclusivity themes relating to gender equality, early career ocean professional engagement, and significant involvement of indigenous communities and developing nations in the planning and implementation of joint activities. Likewise, the ICES–PICES Ocean Decade will include a scoping exercise and dialogue with decision-makers and stakeholders.
Terms of Reference
  1. Define and describe the joint scientific activities of ICES, PICES and partner organizations that will contribute to UN Ocean Decade societal outcomes.
  2. Draft a strategy that prioritizes engagement with early career ocean professionals, indigenous communities, developing nations, and recognizes the importance of promoting diversity and gender equity in our activities.
  3. Identify and engage partner organizations to ensure their full participation in this process.
  4. Develop a UN Ocean Decade Programme2 proposal for endorsement by UNESCO-IOC, with new and existing partners, allowing for participation of additional partners throughout the Decade.
  5. Develop recommendations for new and existing ICES and PICES Expert Groups to implement and maintain the Programme activities, and also encourage and support expert group participation in all aspects of the UN Ocean Decade.
News
  • New Study Group UNDOS Membership (Japan, Korea, Canada): Drs. Sanae Chiba, Mitsutaku Makino and Hiroaki Saito (Japan) and Drs. Sukyung Kang and Hanna Na (Korea), and Ms. Andrea White (Canada) have been appointed as members of newly established Study Group.
    11/17/2020 9:32:27 AM PST
Members
Ms. Andrea White (SG-UNDOS)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
200 Kent St., Mail Station 12S030
Ottawa, ON
Canada K1A 0E6
(1-613) 991-1313
andrea.white@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Dr. Sanae Chiba (SG-UNDOS)
RIGC
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
2-15 Natsushimacho
Yokosuka, Kanagawa
Japan 237-0061
(81-46) 867-9881
chibas@jamstec.go.jp
Prof. Mitsutaku Makino (FUTURE-SSC, HD, SB, SG-UNDOS)
HD Chair
Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute (AORI)
The University of Tokyo
5-1-5, Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa-shi
Chiba, Japan 277-8564
+81-4-7136-6006
+81-4-7136-6039
mmakino@aori.u-tokyo.ac.jp
Prof. Hiroaki Saito (SG-UNDOS)
Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute
The University of Tokyo
5-1-5 Kashiwanoha
Kashiwa, Chiba
Japan 277-8564
(81-4) 7136-6360
hsaito@aori.u-tokyo.ac.jp
Dr. Sukyung Kang (FIS, FUTURE-SSC, S-CCME, SB, SG-UNDOS, WG-43)
FUTURE-SSC Co-Chair
Fisheries Resources Management Division
National Institute of Fisheries Science (NIFS)
216 Haean-ro, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun
Busan, Republic of Korea 46083
(82-51) 720-2280
(82-51) 720-2277
sukyungkang@korea.kr
Prof. Hanna Na (FUTURE-SSC, SG-ECOP, SG-UNDOS)
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Seoul National University
1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu
Seoul, Republic of Korea 08826
+82-2-880-6747
hanna.ocean@snu.ac.kr
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