Digital Ocean systems to support and strengthen the implementation of sustainable development goals

Mercator Ocean International, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO), the UNEP Global Environment Monitoring Service – Oceans, and the European Commission are hosting the UN Ocean Conference side event:


Monday 27 June 2022, 18h45 – 20h30 (GMT +1)

Pavilhão de Portugal – Parque das Nações, Lisbon, Portugal

UN Ocean Conference 2022 Side Event ID: OBZB124


Side Event Overview:

A resilient life-supporting Ocean (SDG 14) is at the heart of sustainable development. Ocean processes, resources, and ecosystem services are critical for achieving all 17 SDGs across the 3 pillars of sustainable development: environment, society, economy (Schuckmann et al., 2020). The Ocean holds many of the solutions that humanity and the planet urgently need, such as improving global food security, reducing climate and weather risks, providing clean energy, and increasing economic growth through blue economy sectors. This priority on the Ocean is reflected by the elevation of the Ocean to a prominent role in global policy dialogues and on the unprecedented increase in innovations for monitoring, understanding, and predicting the Ocean environment.

Understanding the complex cause-and-effect connections between Ocean processes and sustainable development solutions requires new approaches offered by recent advances in high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and digital ocean analysis and prediction systems. Co-designing these tools to deliver the targeted information needed for policymakers and to achieve the SDGs requires a dialogue between prediction system developers, SDG experts, and the ocean governance sector.

This side event will describe the decision-making support tools that will be made possible by new digital ocean analysis and prediction systems and will initiate an inter-community dialogue about the Ocean information that States need to support SDG policies and actions in food security, economic development, climate, and disaster risk reduction.

The expected outcome is the initiation of new blue partnerships at the science-policy interface across the SDGs to 1) carry out a stocktake of resources and mechanisms for the transfer of blue knowledge across the science-policy interface, 2) co-design digital ocean prediction systems that respond directly to ocean diplomacy, governance, and management needs, and 3) develop new tools and resources for scaling up ocean action based on science and innovation.

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