Expression of interest: Special Edition on the United Nation’s Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development
On December 5, 2017, the United Nations proclaimed the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, to be held from 2021 to 2030 ( The Decade will provide a common framework to ensure that ocean science can fully support the actions of government and diverse groups of other partners to sustainably manage the ocean and, more particularly, to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

To mark the start of the Decade, ECO Magazine and IOC-UNESCO have partnered to produce a digital magazine to showcase upcoming activities that contribute to the Decade’s seven outcomes that characterize the ocean we want by 2030 (

ECO and IOC-UNESCO invite ocean stakeholders participating in activities in all fields related to the Ocean Decade to submit an interest to contribute.


ECO and IOC-UNESCO are interested in written, video, and audio submissions related to initiatives, new knowledge, partnerships, or innovative solutions that are relevant to the following seven Ocean Decade outcomes:

A clean ocean – whereby sources of pollution are identified, quantified and reduced, and pollutants removed from the ocean

A healthy and resilient ocean - whereby marine ecosystems are mapped and protected, multiple impacts (including climate change) are measured and reduced, and provision of ocean ecosystem services is maintained

A predicted ocean - whereby society has the capacity to understand current and future ocean conditions, forecast their change and impact on human wellbeing and livelihoods

A safe ocean - whereby human communities are protected from ocean hazards and where safety of operations at sea and on the coast is ensured

A productive ocean whereby the ocean ensures the provision of food supply and alternative livelihoods

An accessible ocean - whereby all nations, stakeholders and citizens have access to ocean data and information, technologies, and have the capacities to inform their decisions

An inspiring and engaging ocean –whereby society understands and values the ocean

Please submit your 150 word story summary by JANUARY 25, 2021. We will aim to contact you during the week commencing February 1, 2021 to inform you if your story has been accepted into the edition.

On acceptance, we ask that you submit your completed article by MARCH 08, 2021.

Please contact ECO's senior editor for more information:
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