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Presentation in Sidi Bouknadel of the roadmap for the Decade of Oceans for Africa

Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 12:47 PM

Sidi Bouknadel (Salé) – The roadmap for the Decade of Oceans for Africa was presented on Wednesday in Sidi Bouknadel (Salé) by the director of research at the National Institute for Fisheries Research (INRH), National Focal Point and Vice-President at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, Mr. Karim Hilmi.

Launched in May 2022 in Cairo, Egypt, at the African Conference on Setting Priorities and Developing Partnerships for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), this roadmap sets out put in place a vision and a plan on the nine priorities identified for Africa, through various workshops, consultative meetings, conferences organized in Africa over the period 2018-2022, Mr. Hilmi indicated during a high-level session, organized within the framework of the 2nd edition of the Dialogue of Foundations for the Decade of the Oceans.

The nine priorities identified focus on “sustainable ocean management in Africa”, “ocean and human health in Africa” ​​and “Africa’s blue carbon potential”, he said during the meeting. of this session on science priorities for the Ocean Decade globally and in Africa.

These priorities also relate to “illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fisheries and fishing in Africa”, “strengthening multi-hazard early warning and community resilience” and “ocean observation and forecasting systems for knowledge about the oceans”, he detailed during this Dialogue organized by the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, whose President HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa is godmother of the Alliance of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (the Decade of the Ocean), in close collaboration with IOC-UNESCO.

These are, in addition, the “Digital Network for Africa – creation of an African center (hub)”, the “Building the capacities and skills of Africans for young professionals (ECOP)” and the “regional program initiation ‘the ocean for Africa’”, chained the person in charge.

These actions for the Decade “could be developed as new programmes/projects that fit into already existing Decade programs and existing contributions from multiple stakeholders”, he explained, adding that they “must have a strong societal impact for sustained development” in Africa.

In terms of the governance of the Ocean Decade and for the follow-up and regional and/or national coordination of the Decade vis-à-vis the central headquarters, the IOC-UNESCO recommends setting up various coordination structures, in particular Decade National Offices or Committees (NDCs), Decade Implementing Partners (DIPs), Decade Collaborating Centers (DCCs) and Decade Coordinating Offices (DCOs), a- he continued.

According to Mr. Hilmi, a regional task force will be set up to ensure coordinated and effective implementation of this Ocean Decade roadmap for Africa.

The 2nd Ocean Decade Foundations Dialogue, which brings together global leaders from more than 20 philanthropic foundations and international resource mobilization experts, is a critical step towards the upcoming UN Ocean Conference. will be held from June 27 to July 1 in Lisbon, Portugal.

This Dialogue, which continues until June 03, builds on the achievements of the first edition, held in February 2020 in Copenhagen, Denmark and which was organized by the VELUX Foundations.

During these three days, actors from several continents will discuss the role of philanthropic foundations in the co-design and use of transformative ocean sciences necessary to meet the ten challenges of the Decade and contribute to the ambitions of the Sustainable Development Agenda at the horizon 2030.

Proclaimed in 2017 by the United Nations General Assembly, the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) “the Decade of the Ocean” aims to stimulate ocean science and the production of knowledge to reverse the decline in the state of the ocean system and catalyze new opportunities for the sustainable development of this immense marine ecosystem, reads the Decade website.

The ocean provides an enabling environment to leverage advances in ocean science, achieve a better understanding of the ocean system, and provide science-based solutions to achieve the 2030 Agenda.

The UN General Assembly has tasked UNESCO’s IOC with coordinating the preparations for and implementation of the Decade.

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