Arctic Ocean Decade Policy-Business-Science-Dialogue
29 January 2020, Tromsø, Norway
The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver scientific knowledge and ensure that ocean science can fully support countries’ actions to sustainably manage the ocean and to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
As part of a global consultation process in preparation of the UN Decade, two Arctic workshops will provide opportunities to further discuss, prioritize and formulate proposals for Arctic initiatives to be framed under the UN Decade:
Arctic Ocean Decade Workshops:
Combined the two workshops will provide output aligned with the five regional planning workshops defined as part of the consultation phase of the Ocean Decade. The workshops will address the six societal objectives of the Decade:
- A clean ocean
- A healthy and resilient ocean
- A predicted ocean
- A safe ocean
- A sustainably harvested and productive ocean
- A transparent and accessible ocean
Arctic temperatures are rising and effects like reduced sea ice thickness and coverage are already apparent. The Arctic Ocean could be largely free of summer ice in the 2030s. Marine species are moving northwards, with consequences for subsistence hunting and commercial fisheries. In addition, the Arctic Ocean opens for increased commercial activities. The Arctic Ocean transition may be affecting global weather systems and the global economy. Combined this call for a special regional focus as part of the Decade.
The Arctic Ocean Decade Policy-Business-Science-Dialogue will provide a forum to gather Arctic leaders and key stakeholders such as scientists, industry, NGOs, policy-makers and foundations. The aim is to identify key ocean policy and sustainable development actions.
The Arctic Ocean Decade Policy-Business-Science-Dialogue offers a crucial opportunity to inform the co-design mission-oriented research strategies in line with the 2030 Agenda focusing on needs and priorities in terms of transforming knowledge systems; accelerating transfer of technology; enabling training and education; and fostering science-policy dialogues special for the Arctic region.
It is vital to identify how business, policy and science can work together on Arctic issues, focusing on:
- Identifying knowledge gaps and Arctic ocean science priorities for the 2030 Agenda;
- Defining possible common regional ocean policy priorities;
- Leveraging existing Arctic partnerships/networks/initiatives and identifying those lacking;
- Involving local and indigenous communities and knowledge, and contributing to further development of regional ocean literacy;
- Selecting priority themes and topics to be addressed by the Decade from a sustainable development perspective.
Outcomes of the dialogue in Tromsø will inform the second workshop and feed into the Decade planning process.
Call for expression of interest to participate
We invite all interested participants to fill in and submit the information below to enable the selection of participation for the Arctic Ocean Decade Policy-Business-Science-Dialogue in order to maintain the representativeness of areas and sectors, regional equilibrium between countries and gender balance.
Selected participants will be notified directly via email.
Registration and coffee
Welcome to the workshop
Moderator: Christina Abildgaard, Director of Department for Ocean and Polar Research, the Research Council of Norway
Introduction to UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development
By Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO
Topic 1: A healthy, clean and resilient Arctic ocean
Key note talk by Anne Christine Brusendorff, General Secretary, International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES)
Break out groups discussing topic 1
Addressing the Decades 6 societal objectives with special focus on: A clean ocean; A healthy and resilient ocean
Topic 2: A predicted ocean
Key note talk by Heidar Gudjonsson, Chair, Arctic Economic Council
Break out groups discussing topic 2
Addressing the Decades 6 societal objectives with special focus on: A predictable ocean
Topic 3: A sustainably harvested and productive ocean
Key note talk by Senior Fellow David Balton, the Woodrow Wilson Center's Polar Institute
Break out groups discussing topic 3
Addressing the Decades 6 societal objectives with special focus on: A sustainably harvested and productive ocean
Summing up and way forward
Bringing the Arctic Ocean into United Nations Decade of Ocean Science
Arctic Frontiers Side Event at Clarion Hotel the Edge
The side event offers a continued dialogue based on results from the Arctic Ocean Decade workshop.
Panel discussion with:
- Anne Christine Brusendorff, General Secretary ICES
- Colin Moffat, Chief Scientific Advisor Marine, Scottish Government
- More panellists TBC
The Arctic Ocean Decade Policy-Business-Science-Dialogue is to be held during the Arctic Frontiers 2020 week in Tromsø where many regional policy makers will be attending. Arctic Frontiers participants and others are welcome to express interest to participate at the workshop, however participation to the Arctic Frontiers Conference is not mandatory for participating at the Arctic Ocean Decade Policy-Business-Science-Dialogue.
Read more about Arctic Frontiers: https://www.arcticfrontiers.com/
The Arctic Ocean Policy-Business-Science-Dialogue is co-hosted by The Research Council of Norway and Arctic Frontiers.