One Oceans Hub partners with United Nations for Word Oceans Day 2020

The University of Strathclyde-led One Ocean Hub brings forward virtual events centred around this year’s World Oceans Day theme ‘Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean’.


The United Nations’ World Oceans Day 2020 is celebrated on 8 June to raise global awareness of the benefits humankind derives from the ocean and our individual and collective duty to use its resources sustainably.

The One Ocean Hub, an independent programme for collaborative research for development that aims to transform our response to the urgent challenges facing our ocean, is one of the official partners of the UN’s World Ocean Day celebrated across the world.

The Hub director Professor Elisa Morgera is a speaker on the “Spotlight Solutions” session on June 8. Professor Morgera welcomed the opportunity to collaborate with the UN in order to initiate and develop conversations on innovative and collaborative global solutions for sustainable ocean use. This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the World Oceans Day will be celebrated virtually.

It’s an honour to work with the UN and other partners to advance international ocean debates virtually, at an unprecedented time when intergovernmental meetings have been suspended. We are excited that the Hub’s approach to integrate law, marine and social sciences and the arts has been recognised as an innovation for ocean governance, and look forward to exchanging ideas with other experts from different fields about how we can cooperate across different projects and initiatives.

Over the course of a week-long celebration, One Ocean Hub will host 12 events, including on personal experiences and lessons learnt at the ocean science-policy interface, the role of the arts in making ocean research and governance more inclusive, and the legacy of colonization on the law of the sea. Several events are organized by the early-career researchers involved in the Hub.

The full list of One Ocean Hub’s events can be found here:

The One Ocean Hub aims to transform our response to the urgent challenges facing our ocean at different scales. Its research seeks to bridge current disconnections in law, science and society to balance multiple ocean uses with conservation. Our events at World Ocean Week provide a unique opportunity to bring different actors from the local to the international level together and share the most innovative research conducted so far with the public.

The Hub specifically addresses the challenges faced by South Africa, Namibia, Ghana, Fiji and Solomon Islands, through collaborative, transdisciplinary research. It strives to empower communities which are heavily reliant upon the oceans to shape decisions-making process according to their varied values and systems of knowledge.

The Hub is led by the University of Strathclyde in partnership with 21 leading research institutions –from South Africa, Ghana, Namibia, Kenya, South Pacific, the Caribbean, France and the UK.

The One Ocean Hub is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The GCRF is a key to delivering the UK AID strategy and puts research at the heart of efforts to tackle the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Laura Merilainen

Communications Officer, One Ocean Hub