2021.11.6 SAT

10:30 - 12:00


The Ocean Decade:Catalysing Climate Action in Asia and the Pacific

• Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO
• Ocean Policy Research Institute (OPRI) of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Seminar abstract

【Agenda of the Event】
MC: Tomohiko Tsunoda (Senior Research Fellow of OPRI-SPF)

Welcome address:Hide Sakaguchi (President of OPRI-SPF)

Keynote adress:
Satyendra Prasad (Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations)
Margaret Leinen (Director of Scripps Institute of Oceanography)

Panel discussion:
Moderator: Alison Clausen (Deputy Coordinator, IOC-UNESCO)
Panelist:Yutaka Michida (Professor, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute of the University of Tokyo)
Stephen Widdicombe (Professor, Plymouth Marine Laboratory)
Kazuo Nadaoka (Professor emeritus and specially appointed professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Wenche Gronbrekk (Global Head of Sustainable Development in Cermaq Group, Member of UN Global Impact)

Closing adress:Vlamidir Ryabinin (Executive Secretary, IOC-UNESCO)


  • • Vladimir Ryabinin IOC of UNESCO Executive Secretary
    • Satyendra Prasad Republic of Fiji Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations
    • Margaret Leinen Scripps Institution of Oceanography Director
    • Stephen Widdicombe Plymouth Marine Laboratory Professor
    • Wenche Gronbrekk Cermaq Group Global Head of Sustainable Development
    • Tomohiko Tsunoda OPRI, Sasakawa Peace Foundation Senior Research Fellow
    • Alison Clausen IOC of UNESCO Deputy Coordinator

    ▼Online speakers
    • Hide Sakaguchi OPRI, Sasakawa Peace Foundation President
    • Yutaka Michida Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo Professor
    • Kazuo Nadaoka Tokyo Institute of Technology Professor Emeritus and Specially Appointed Professor

Session Summary

When considering the impacts of climate change on the ocean and coastal areas such as sea ice reduction, extreme weather, sea level rise, and ocean heatwaves, scientific knowledge is indispensable. While the scientific community has been warning about the risks facing the ocean, ocean science is not always ready to deliver solutions to these challenges through adaptation and mitigation. In order to address these gaps between social issues and ocean science, the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science was launched in 2021. The discussions at this event, "The Ocean Decade: Catalysing Climate Action in Asia and the Pacific", aimed to highlight the various ways in which the Decade of Ocean Science can help address climate change at the national and regional levels in the Asia-Pacific region, including the Pacific SIDS.

Message and Results

For additional information on the event, please visit https://www.spf.org/opri/news/20211106.html.