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

A call for nominations to the Decade Advisory Board for the UN Ocean Decade has now been published. From the IOC Secretariat: "The Decade Advisory Board will be a multi-stakeholder advisory body that will assist the Secretariat of the...
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...

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