Leveraging ocean science and innovation for healthy and resilient coastal and marine ecosystems (video)

HLPF Side Event: “Leveraging ocean science and innovation for healthy and resilient coastal and marine ecosystems” – 06.07.2022

Working across the linkages of SDGs 14, 13 and 15, the side event organized around multi-stakeholder panels explored how investment and partnerships in research, ocean observations, fit-for-purpose data products and services can empower decision-makers, industry and local communities to conserve and restore ocean ecosystems, address vulnerability and build resilience to climate change.

The event provided an overview of key progress, challenges and opportunities in implementing SDG 14, with a specific focus on ocean acidification and marine scientific capacity applied to ocean management, two targets under IOC-UNESCO’s custodianship. Building on the transformative work of UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, innovation in ocean observation, technologies and information delivery to support sustainable use and ocean conservation will be highlighted.

The event also focused on empowering local communities to build resilience and protect biodiversity through partnerships in nature-based solutions such as the biosphere reserves and blue carbon approaches.



  • Ms Baerbel Kofler, German Parliamentary State Secretary, Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Prof. James M. Njiru (PhD), Cheif Executive Officer, Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI)
  • Vladimir Ryabinin, Assistant-Director General of UNESCO, Executive Secretary of the IOC

Segment 1 – Tracking nations progress across SDG14.3 and SDG 14.a – Challenges, opportunities, and capacity development needs

  • Progress on implementation of SDG target 14.a – the status of global ocean science capacities – Jacqueline Uku, Co-Chair of the Editorial Board of the Global Ocean Science Report, Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute
  • Progress on implementation of SDG target 14.3 – Ocean Acidification – Jan Newton, Co-Chair of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON), University of Washington
  • Towards a global network for Early Career Ocean Professional – Evgeniia Kostianaia, Global Coordinator for the UN Ocean Decade endorsed Programme for Early Career Ocean Professionals

Segment 2 – Innovation in ocean observation, data and information delivery for sustainable use and ocean conservation

  • Innovation in monitoring biodiversity – e-DNA observation – Francisco Chavez, Senior Scientist, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)
  • Ocean Observing for SDG 14 – Anya Waite, Co-Chair Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), Ocean Frontier Institute, Professor/Associate Vice President Research (Ocean) Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
  • Nature and human centered solutions for marine biodiversity conservation – Dr. António Domingos Abreu, Environmental expert, Man and the Biosphere Programme

UNESCO, YouTube, 6 July 2022. Video.

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