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)
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.
  • Study Group UNDOS Membership (Russia): Dr. Yury Zuenko is a newly appointed member of the SG-UNDOS.
    4/26/2021 11:16:52 AM PST
  • Study Group UNDOS PICES Co-Chair: Dr. Steven J. Bograd has been appointed as a Co-Chair of the UNDOS SG representing PICES.
    2/26/2021 4:14:02 PM PST
  • New Study Group UNDOS Membership (Canada): Dr. Jennifer Jackson is a new member of the SG-UNDOS.
    1/19/2021 11:56:16 AM PST
  • New Study Group UNDOS Membership (USA): Drs. Steven Bograd, Emanuele Di Lorenzo, Erin Satterthwaite, Kirstin Holsman, and Vera Trainer are the members of newly established Study Group.
    1/8/2021 11:28:30 AM PST
  • 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
Dr. Sanae Chiba (Secretariat, SG-UNDOS)
Deputy Executive Secretary
PICES Secretariat
9860 W. Saanich Rd., P.O. Box 6000
Sidney, BC
Canada V8L 4B2
(1-250) 363-6826
(1-250) 363-6827
Dr. Jennifer M. Jackson (POC, SG-UNDOS)
POC Vice-Chair
Hakai Institute
100 -1002 Wharf St.
Victoria, BC
Canada V8W 1T4
(1-250) 706-8549
Ms. Andrea White (AP-ECOP, SG-UNDOS)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
200 Kent St., Mail Station 12S030
Ottawa, ON
Canada K1A 0E6
(1-613) 462-8206
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
Prof. Hiroaki Saito (SG-ER, SG-UNDOS)
Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute
The University of Tokyo
5-1-5 Kashiwanoha
Kashiwa, Chiba
Japan 277-8564
Dr. Sukyung Kang (FIS, FUTURE-SSC, S-CCME, SB, SG-UNDOS, WG-43)
FUTURE-SSC Co-Chair, SB Chair-Elect
Fisheries Resources Research Center
National Institute of Fisheries Science (NIFS)
2-17, Tongyeonghaean-ro,
Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Republic of Korea 53064
(82-55) 650-2201
(82-55) 650-2206
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Seoul National University
1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu
Seoul, Republic of Korea 08826
Dr. Yury I. Zuenko (CREAMS-AP, POC, S-CCME, SG-UNDOS, WG-44)
WG-44 Co-Chair
Fisheries Oceanography
Russian Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography, Pacific branch (TINRO)
4 Shevchenko Alley
Vladivostok, Russia 690091
(7-423) 2604-530
(7-423) 2300-752
FUTURE-SSC Co-Chair, SG-UNDOS Co-Chair, AP-ECOP Mentor
Environmental Research Division
99 Pacific St., Suite 255A
Monterey, CA
U.S.A. 93940
(1-831) 648-8314
Prof. Emanuele Di Lorenzo (FUTURE-SSC, POC, SB, SG-UNDOS)
POC Chair
Program in Ocean Science and Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
311 Ferst Dr.
Atlanta, GA
U.S.A. 30332
(1-404) 788-8035
Dr. Kirstin Kari Holsman (S-CCME, SG-UNDOS, WG-44)
S-CCME Co-Chair
NOAA Fisheries
7600 Sand Point Way NE, Bldg. 4
Seattle, WA
U.S.A. 98115
Dr. Erin Vera Satterthwaite (AP-ECOP, SG-UNDOS)
California Sea Grant & Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California, San Diego 9500 Gilman Dr., #0232 La Jolla, CA 92093-0232
La Jolla, California
U.S.A. 92093
(858) 534-4440
Dr. Vera L. Trainer (AP-ECOP, AP-SciCom, HAB-S, SB, SG-UNDOS)
SB Chair, AP-ECOP Mentor
Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NMFS, NOAA
2725 Montlake Blvd. E
Seattle, WA
U.S.A. 98112
(1-206) 860-6788
(1-206) 860-3335
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