Welcome to the home of the International Working Group (IWG), a subgroup of the UK's Marine Science Co-ordination Committee and the UK National Decade Committee for the UN Decade of Ocean Science. The IWG plays a cruicial role in coordinating UK marine science on the global stage and is a forum for assessing engagement with international initiatives. 

Given the current international initiatives which require science into policy advice, there is a significant need to ensure UK Government has access to the relevant UK expertise. The global initiatives that the IWG are particularly focused on include:

  • UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (UN Ocean Decade or UNDOS)

  • Negotiations on Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ)

  • Development of deep seafloor mineral exploitation regulations via the International Seabed Authority (ISA)

Recognising its role as a focal point to collate and share information from across all the members, the IWG ensures the UK Government is armed with world leading advice and experts to support global marine science policy endeavours when representing the UK on the world stage.


Latest News

The first set of Ocean Decade Actions have been announced, with over 60 programmes and contributions being endorsed after submitting to the first call (01/2020) For a full list, visit the UN Ocean Decade website.
In October 2020 the Royal Society Global Environmental Research Committee (GERC) hosted a workshop to scope and prioritise UK research contributions to the UN Ocean Decade. The four priority research areas emerged as: Connecting the deep sea...
On 20th - 21st May 2021, the Climate and Environment Ministers from across the G7 countries met virtually. They considered a number of environmental issues such as climate change and biodiversity loss, and put forward solutions and...

Upcoming Events

07 Jul 2021 to 08 Jul 2021
Ocean Decade Laboratory: First International Ocean Decade Conference (Time TBA) Following the launch of the First International Ocean Decade Conference (1 June), the first Decade Laboratory will look into the key elements required to bring...

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