Luis Menezes Pinheiro (CESAM/DGEO) has been appointed coordinator of the National Committee for the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), by a government decree published in the Diário da República.
This committee, designated as the National Committee for the Decade of the Ocean, will be responsible for directing Portugal’s action towards initiatives and projects related to the Atlantic and for the scientific, social, and economic valorization of Portuguese maritime knowledge. In line with the National Strategy for the Sea 2021-2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda, particularly SDG 14, dedicated to the Ocean.
The National Committee will work in conjunction with the Executive Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, whose national representation is also chaired by this researcher and lecturer at the University of Aveiro. The Committee will carry out its mission under the responsibility of the government members responsible for the Foreign Affairs, Economy and Sea, and Science, Technology and Higher Education areas.
The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2017 and is currently in its implementation phase.