The Ocean Decade Vision 2030: White Paper Review Process

Help shape the Ocean Decade Vision 2030 process: take part in the review of the 10 White Papers!

A milestone initiative of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 (‘Ocean Decade’), Vision 2030 is a strategic ambition setting process which aims to identify a common measure of success for each of the Ocean Decade Challenges.

Led by 10 Working Groups, one per Challenge, the White Papers are the result of several months of collaborative work initiated in early 2023. They outline a comprehensive and visionary strategic ambition based on user needs, priority datasets, residual gaps in science, as well as scientific knowledge, resources or infrastructure, partnerships, capacity development, technology solutions and infrastructure required for each Challenge to ensure that it can be fulfilled by 2030.

Play your part in building the Ocean Decade roadmap to 2030!

We want to hear from you! Between 22 January and 22 February 2024, we are inviting you to participate in the review process of the draft White Papers developed by the 10 Working Groups.

To ensure a diverse and inclusive approach to the Vision 2030 process, we are offering a global platform for stakeholders to share insights and collectively advance the implementation of the Ocean Decade Challenges. The consolidated version of the documents will be presented and discussed at the 2024 Ocean Decade Conference in Barcelona, Spain, as the culmination of an entire Ocean Decade Week (8-12 April 2024).

How to engage

  • Download the draft White Papers*;
  • Provide your feedback and inputs on the White Paper that is best in line with your expertise through this survey. You are encouraged to review more than one White Paper if you find multiple areas aligning with your experience. Please note that you will need to complete a survey for each White Paper that you would like to review;
  • Attend the interactive review webinars organized in the week of 12 February:

Session 1: Science and Solutions for a Clean, Healthy and Resilient Ocean

Challenges 1, 2 and 5 – Pollution, Ecosystems and Climate

Monday 12 February from 15.00 to 16.30 CET


Session 2: Science and Solutions for a Sustainable and Resilient Ocean Economy

Challenges 3, 4 and 6 – Sustainable Ocean Economy, Sustainable Blue Food and Resilient Communities

Tuesday 13 February from 15.00 to 16.30 CET


Session 3: Science and Solutions for a Safe and

Predicted Ocean

Challenges 6, 7 and 8 – Observations, Data and Forecasting / Early Warning Systems

Wednesday 14 February from 19.00 to 20.30 CET


Session 4: An Inspiring and Engaging Ocean for All

Challenges 9 and 10 – Capacity Development, Ocean Literacy, and Indigenous and Local Knowledge and Cultural Heritage

Thursday 15 February from 15.00 to 16.30 CET



Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to engage actively in the crafting of the 10 White Papers, shaping the future of ocean science and sustainable development!

For more information, please contact: Vision 2030 Team (

*Please note that the draft White Paper for Challenge 7 will be available soon.


Related Posts