Building on existing regional, national, and international ocean science education initiatives, such as those carried forward by the Sea Change project, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, the International Consortium for Ocean Science Exploration and Engagement (COSEE), the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance, and the European and Asian Association of Marine Educators, this Side Event to The Ocean Conference in New York will foster ocean awareness and ocean science education in all segments of society.
The goals are to:
1) Encourage cooperation and best practice exchange related to ocean science education, resulting in improved ocean literacy;
2) Raise awareness of the interactions between the ocean and peoples’ daily lives, and empower citizens to adjust everyday behavior; and
3) Seek and apply innovative ways to make current and future generations ocean literate so that they can make informed decisions related to ocean stewardship and the use of ocean resources that ultimately translate into ocean policy.
This event will bring together partners from several countries to engage in discussions and presentations related to ocean science education and ocean literacy. Panelists will introduce an overview of collaborative, international ocean education initiatives that have been designed to improve ocean literacy across a variety of Member States and audiences.
Ocean Literacy for All event will focus on providing information and resources to Member States that will enable them to better support ocean literacy initiatives in their own countries and further develop a global network that supports public understanding of the oceans in general and SDG14 goals in particular.