New UN-Endorsed Center Will Aid World Oceans’ Health 

New UN-Endorsed Center Will Aid World Oceans’ Health
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A new international center, endorsed by the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and headquartered in Georgia Aquarium, will support diverse solutions that advance oceans’ health.

A one-of-a-kind center in the U.S., the Ocean Visions – UN Decade Collaborative Center for Ocean-Climate Solutions (OV – UN DCC)  is a partnership with Ocean Visions, Georgia Aquarium, and Georgia Institute of Technology.

The center will work on co-designing, developing, testing, funding, and delivering ocean-based solutions that bring down the effects of climate change and create sustainable marine ecosystems and coastal communities. 

“A diverse approach is critical to address today’s serious threats to ocean health,” said Brian Davis, Ph.D., president and CEO of Georgia Aquarium. “As a mission-focused conservation leader, Georgia Aquarium is keen to host this multinational center that will connect innovative researchers with the resources to create and launch projects that may solve ocean-climate issues.”

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In affiliation with the Ocean Decade, run by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of Unesco, OV – UN DCC will also contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. 

Oceans absorb approximately 30% of the CO2 emissions and over 90% of the excess heat that comes from carbon emissions. Climate change, however, has negatively impacted marine ecosystems and the ocean’s ability to protect against pollution. 

The center will work together with organizations such as Ocean Visions’ Global Ecosystem for Ocean Solutions, 1000 Ocean Startups, and Stride to help find solutions that improve the oceans’ health. 

OV – UN DCC is working on securing investment in ocean solutions by advancing the development of The Ocean Impact Navigator, which focuses on innovations across ocean health, climate change, human wellbeing, and equity. 

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