The Second World Ocean Assessment (WOA II), the major output of the second cycle of the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the States of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects, will be launched on 21 April 2021, in connection with Earth Day 2021 which will be observed on 22 April. It is the newest outcome of the only integrated assessment of the world’s ocean at the global level covering all three pillars of sustainable development.
The first World Ocean Assessment (WOA I), which was released at the end of 2015, established a baseline for measuring the state of marine environment, including socioeconomic aspects. WOA II focuses on trends observed since the publication of WOA I and current gaps in knowledge and capacity.
The launch event will be streaming on 21 April 2021 at 10 a.m., EDT at the following webpage:
Launch of the Second World Ocean Assessment (WOA II)
António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General
Sylvia Earle, President & Chair, Mission Blue
Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and Assistant Director General of UNESCO
Juliette Babb-Riley, Deputy Permanent Representative of Barbados to the United Nations, Co-Chair of the second cycle of the Regular Process
Sanae Chiba, Member of the Group of Experts for the second cycle of the Regular Process, Biological oceanographer of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
Shafira Charlette, youth representative, Seychelles
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We invite you to also check out the prior activities that are part of the WOA II launch campaign, including:
A webinar held on 1 March on “Strengthening the science-policy interface for ocean sustainability”, the recording of which is available here; and
A three-part web series on “The Science-Policy Interface and Ocean Sustainability”, featuring Fabien Cousteau and other ocean experts, which is available here.