We are pleased to contribute to the official side event of the UN Ocean Conference titled Ocean Literacy Dialogues on 29 June, 18:00-20:00 (Lisbon time). This event, organized by UNESCO and the European Commission, will bring together leading international networks on Ocean Literacy to discuss joint action and strengthen the visibility of Ocean Literacy at the UN level. EuroGOOS will present our Scientists for Ocean Literacy project of the UN Ocean Decade and the work of our Ocean Literacy Working Group.
As stated in the concept note for this event, Ocean Literacy is at a tipping point. There are many initiatives and projects around the world involved in Ocean Literacy at different levels. We also observe a policy uptake of the Ocean Literacy narratives. However, Ocean Literacy is still falling behind as an integral and central part of sustainable development, unlike, for example, the blue economy which is gaining in importance and funding. One cannot be without the other, and Ocean Literacy should be fully recognized with all the needed support.
This event will promote Ocean Literacy as a central component of the next UN Ocean Conference and will be a first in a series of events fostering dialogues, exchanges, and ideas. A pre-event survey is being circulated to the Ocean Literacy practitioners around the globe to reflect their priorities (completed already by EuroGOOS at the pan-European level and the individual members of our Ocean Literacy Working Group).
Registration is ongoing here
The pre-event survey is here