Arctic Process

Regional Arctic Ocean Decade Action Plan development 2020-2021

UPDATE: The draft Ocean Decade – Arctic Action Plan is now available for public review 13 March – 11 April. To provide comments – please see details below


To implement the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development in an Arctic context, a Task Force is presently preparing the development of the Ocean Decade – Arctic Action Plan. This process is a part of the global preparation process for the Ocean Decade, and will offer an opportunity for stakeholders to formulate, discuss and prioritize concrete proposals for actions in support of the Ocean Decade.

The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 (‘Ocean Decade’) offers the ocean community a unique opportunity to join efforts, mobilize resources, create partnerships and engage governments in moving towards ‘the science we need for the ocean we want’. The Ocean Decade Implementation Plan provides the strategic global framework for the implementation of the Decade. It has been developed through a highly participatory and inclusive process that included a series of regional consultations. 

With the launch of the Ocean Decade, continued efforts to translate the global priorities of the Decade to regional-level action is essential. To deliver this, a number of regional groups and tasks forces have emerged to identify, implement and resource Decade Actions to fulfil the Ocean Decade challenges and thus contribute to the Ocean Decade vision. Led by the Danish Center for Marine Research, a Task Force has overseen the development of the Ocean Decade – Arctic Action Plan that identify actions and priorities for the Arctic region in the Ocean Decade.  

Kick-off session

To introduce you to the plan and its development, the online consultation was kicked off on 16 March 2021. The powerpoint from the session and the recording of the session are available for download.
Download presentation from kick-off session
View recording of kick-off session

Key dates for the Arctic process

  • 29 January 2020: Arctic Ocean Decade Workshop: Business-Policy-Science Dialogue in Tromsø, Norway
  • 10 July 2020: Registration for online working groups opens.
  • 20 August 2020: Online announcement of working group chairs.
  • 25 September 2020: Online registration for working groups closes. 
  • 22 October 2020: Working group kick off meeting with additional meetings scheduled for 23 October, 5 November, and 18 November (if necessary).
  • 13 March 2021: The draft Arctic Action Plan is made available
  • 16 March 2021: Online consultation on draft action plan. The presentation and the recorded session is available for download. 
  • 11 April 2021: Online consultation closes.
  • End May 2021: Ocean Decade – Arctic Action plan is published.