IOC Sub-Commission

for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)

UN Decade virtual regional dialogue for the Western Pacific and adjacent areas “Co-designing the science we need for the Ocean Decade”, 10 November 2020, 13:00-15:00pm (Bangkok Time)

10 Nov 2020 - 10 Nov 2020

UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)
Regional Dialogue “Co-designing ocean science we need for the Ocean Decade - Regional challenges and opportunities”
13:00-15:00 (Bangkok Time), Tuesday, 10 November 2020

The dialogues will explore opportunities and challenges, discuss best practices/lessons learned and identify recommendations, including with respect to regional specificities, for the ocean community looking to deliver transformative Decade Actions for long-lasting benefits to the ocean and society. The dialogues will address questions such as:

- How to foster transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches in ocean research?
- How to recognize complementarities across knowledge systems and support effective interactions?
- How to foster cooperation between disciplines, sectors, and communities of knowledge, including indigenous communities?
- What policy instruments are required to promote more inclusive and interdisciplinary Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) settings?
- How to promote increased private sector participation in ocean research and innovation processes?
- How to mainstream transdisciplinary research into education and academic systems? 

Participating experts will look at and facilitate discussion in very tangible terms of the opportunities, challenges, barriers and favorable conditions to support co-design, co-production and co-delivery of ocean research and ensure a real step-change to achieve the objectives of the Decade.

These virtual sessions will result in the production of a series of short regional discussion papers that will include clear recommendations and guidance for Decade partners and the Decade governance and coordination structures on the ways in which the fundamental barriers and issues can be addressed. This could include the identification of priority issues and recommendations for the development of regional action plans and elaboration of regional training sessions (e.g. on how to promote effective co-design, co-production and co-delivery in LDCs and SIDs) as well as on how we can foster multi-stakeholder participation. This short regional paper will be posted on the Decade website and will be used in the preparation of a global synthesis report.

For more information, please contact Wenxi Zhu, Head, IOC Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) at

Note to Participants


Event Type Technical Workshops and Trainnings
Organisers Staff Participants

IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)

Program (view the ppts)


Participants logging in



Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary IOC


Briefing on the session programme and housekeeping

Wenxi Zhu, IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific, IOC/UNESCO


Presentation on the Ocean Decade and outcomes from the first global session-Alison Clausen, IOC/UNESCO


Poll 1


Panel 1: The main challenges and opportunities at regional level (5 minutes each)


Policy community: Zhanhai Zhang, Ministry of Natural Resources, China;


Local resource management authority: Vo Si Tuan,  Institute of Oceanography, Vietnam;


Private Sector:  Linawati Hardjito, Ocean Fresh Industry, Indonesia;


Research Community (Social):   Makino Mitsutaku, University of Tokyo, Japan;


Research Community (Natural): Jae Hak Lee, Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, Korea



Q&A for Panel 1


Panel 2: The capacity development and resource needs at regional level, both in terms of academic outputs and in terms of formal and informal training activities for non-academic partners. (5 minutes each)


Early career ocean professional: Lalita Putchim,  Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Thailand;


Coastal governance: Aimee T. Gonzales, PEMSEA, the Philippines;


Industry: Ha Minh Toan, Ha Minh Techno Company, Vietnam;


Policy community: Ocky Karna Radjasa, Indonesian Institute of Sciences;


Research community: Fangli QIAO, First Institute of Oceanography, China;


Donor / Foundation:  Atsushi Sunami, Sasagawa Peace foundation, Japan;



Q&A for Panel 2


Poll 2


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