The Research Council’s Ocean Secretariat

The Research Council’s Ocean Secretariat is tasked with intensifying Norway’s work on important ocean initiatives at the national and international level where research plays a key part. The Ocean Secretariat is responsible for coordinating and following up Norwegian efforts related to the Decade of Ocean Science. The Ocean Secretariat was given its remit by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, the Ministry of Education and Research, and the Ministry of Climate and Environment.

In 2017, the UN General Assembly decided that the decade 2021 to 2030 will be the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The Decade of Ocean Science will stimulate and coordinate national and global research efforts, such that the goals, and goal number 14 – Life below water – in particular, can be reached.

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Both national and international calls for proposals are planned for the Decade of Ocean Science.

Norway conducts high-level ocean research. Ambitions for the Decade of Ocean Science are high. A document comprising proposed priority areas at the national level has been prepared.

The National Committee will help ensure that Norwegian efforts achieve the  goals of the UN Decade of Ocean Science. The committee consists of representatives from key marine environments in Norway within research, business and industry, public administration, NGOs, communication and interested public.

Overview of the members

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