The vision of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development is ‘the science we need for the ocean we want’. To achieve the Ocean Decade vision, a wide range of partners will implement endorsed Decade Actions in the form of programmes, projects or activities over the next ten years.

Proponents of endorsed Decade Actions will have the opportunity to join a highly visible, shared, global effort that builds on decades of achievement in ocean science. There will be opportunities to create new collaborations across disciplines, geographies and generations, as well as opportunities to access new sources of support.

Via a first ‘Call for Decade Actions’, partners are invited to request endorsement under the Ocean Decade for transformative Decade Actions that contribute to the Ocean Decade vision. This Call for Decade Actions is the first of series that will launched as part of the Ocean Decade and it focuses specifically on:
i. large-scale, multi-country, transformative Decade programmes; and
ii. large-scale contributions of in-kind or financial resources for Decade Actions or coordination costs.

Programmes or contributions that will enhance the sustainability of ocean science, including infrastructure or individual or institutional capacity, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic are welcome in response to this call. Actions in any part of the world are welcome, and there is no limitation on who can submit a request for endorsement. Actions do not need to have funding secured before submission.

A suite of documents, that can be downloaded at the bottom of this page, provides additional information on the Call including :
• Guidance Note for Applicants
• Frequently Asked Questions on the Call for Decade Actions
• Summary of the Implementation Plan

Interested parties should complete and submit the relevant online “Request for Endorsement” before 15 January 2021. Decisions on endorsement under this Call will be made in the first quarter of 2021.

If you are not yet ready to submit a full request, you can also register your initial ideas via this form and you will have the opportunity to let others working on similar issues know that you are interested in identifying new partners for your proposed Decade Action.

Two virtual sessions are planned to provide additional information on the Call for Decade Actions on the 20 October 2020 between 14h and 15.30h UTC and the 6 November 2020 between 7h and 8.30h UTC.

You can register here for these sessions:
-Registration for Q&A on 20 October 2020:
-Registration for Q&A on 6 November 2020 :

During the preparation of submissions we strongly encourage interested parties to consult and, where possible, collaborate with other institutions and partners working on common issues. Parties wishing to connect with other actors working in their geographic or thematic area of interest can download details of interested parties that are seeking collaborators, contact the IOC Secretariat at or contact members of the Ocean Decade Executive Planning Group as follows:

Elva Escobar Briones (Spanish speaker)
Western Tropical Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea/Eastern Tropical Atlantic

Challenges 10, 9, 8, 7, 1, 2

Karen Evans
Western South Pacific, Eastern Indian Ocean,  Southern Ocean, Australia and New Zealand

Challenges 2, 3, 4, 8, 10

Christa von Hillebrandt-Andrade 
(Spanish speaker)
Western Tropical Atlantic (Caribbean/SIDS)

Challenges 6, 7, 8, 10

Suzan Kholeif (Arabic speaker)
Mediterranean & North Africa

Challenges 1,2,3,4,5,9

Jens Krüger
Pacific SIDS

Challenge 7, 10

Atmanand Malayath
Indian Ocean

Challenge 8

Margaret Leinen
Pacific and  Eastern Pacific

Challenges 2, 8

Fangli Qiao (Chinese speaker)
Indo-Pacific Ocean; Asia

Challenges 5, 6, 7

Sergey Shapovalov (Russian speaker)
Arctic Ocean and seas, Far Eastern seas and Northwestern Pacific, Azov-Black Sea region, Caspian Sea

Challenges 1, 2, 5, 6,10

Dismore Gilbert Siko
South Atlantic; South West Indian Ocean

Challenges 2, 8, 9;

Martin Visbeck
All Atlantic

Challenges 5, 7, 8, 9

Mitsuo Uematsu
Western Pacific

Challenge 1


• Guidance Note for Applicants
 Frequently Asked Questions on the Call for Decade Actions
 Summary of the Implementation Plan
 Flyer of the Call for Decade Actions

Additional resources that may be of use for applicants to the Call include OceanExpert and OceanBestPractices.

  • Q&A sessions

30 October, 2020 (replay):–Vuq8

  • Contact

For more information please contact