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Ocean Literacy With All

UN Decade Programme


Ocean Literacy With All (OLWA) advances Ocean Literacy (OL) through international partnerships and networks by designing and implementing transformative locally- and globally-relevant research-based activities and projects by and for diverse stakeholders. This programme builds capacity and behaviour change to achieve an ocean literate society to help ensure sustainable development of the global ocean.


In its first two years, Ocean Literacy With All (OLWA) will focus on

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Developing a global ocean literacy research programme filling current knowledge gaps

Promoting international Ocean Literacy research collaborations, and co-identifying research priorities and areas of intervention.

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Strengthening the global ocean literacy community through targeted networking activities

Implementing activities to strengthen the connections and exchanges among existing Ocean Literacy networks and promoting the creation of new ones.

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Developing the capacity of all stakeholders to engage in ocean literacy through specific training programmes

Developing accessible Ocean Literacy training courses and capacity-building initiatives for different target groups including educators, media, government officials, the private sector, civil society, NGOs and other stakeholders.

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Supporting the incorporation of ocean literacy in Ocean Decade programmes

Providing services such as training and advice for interested parties who look for support and facilitation to incorporate Ocean Literacy in their Ocean Decade programmes.




Skills, knowledge and technology for all.

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Ensure comprehensive capacity development and equitable access to data, information, knowledge and technology across all aspects of ocean science and for all stakeholders.

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Change humanity’s relationship with the ocean.

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Ensure that the multiple values and services of the ocean for human wellbeing, culture, and sustainable development are widely understood, and identify and overcome barriers to behavior change required for a step change in humanity’s relationship with the ocean.

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Ocean Literacy Dialogues

The Ocean Literacy Dialogues series is a global collaboration led by the Ocean Literacy With All community – a UN Ocean Decade-endorsed program coordinated by IOC/UNESCO. The aim of the Ocean Literacy Dialogues is to co-organize public events that enable knowledge exchange across different geographical and socio-cultural contexts, and that catalyze action as we work together to achieve the overarching goal of the UN Ocean Decade (2021-2030): to ‘change humanity’s relationship with the ocean.’ This is the essence of ocean literacy. So far, the Ocean Literacy Dialogue has been held:
  • 1st edition: UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal (June 28-July 1, 2022)
  • 2nd edition: Santos, Brazil (October 10-14, 2022)
  • 3rd edition: IMPAC5 in Vancouver, Canada (February 3-9, 2023)
  • 4th edition: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (November 4-5, 2023)
  • 5th edition: UN Ocean Decade Confernece in Barcelona, Spain (April 8-9, 2024)



Meet the team

  • Nicola Bridge Co-lead Component 1
  • Rebecca Zitoun Co-lead Component 1
  • Yolanda Sánchez Co-lead Component 1
  • Diana Payne Co-lead Component 2
  • Diz Glithero Co-lead Component 2
  • Houraa Daher Co-lead Component 2
  • Noirin Burke Co-lead Component 3
  • Patricia Furtado Co-lead Component 3
  • Geraldine Fauville Co-lead Component 4
  • Selvaggia Santin Co-lead Component 4
  • Ronaldo Christofoletti Co-lead Component 5
  • Evy Copejans Co-lead Component 5
  • Francesca Santoro Co-lead Component 6
  • Ana Vitoria Tereza Co-lead Component 6
  • Yun Sun Co-lead Component 6
  • Valentina Lovat Co-lead Component 6

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