Conference Program

Opening & High-Level Segment
25 November 2021, 1300-1520 (UTC+7, Bangkok time)

For those who had already registered for the conference via the website before 28 October 2021, you will soon receive the meeting link for the Opening & High-Level Segment. If you also wish to join any of the incubator sessions, please register to join the Decade Action Incubator Series.

Cholaphansa Narula

MC Host

Alex Rendell

MC Host


Participant logging in



H.E. Varawut Silpa-archa

Minister, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand

H.E. Ambassador Xing Qu

Deputy Director General, UNESCO


Introduction to the Ocean Decade – “The Ocean Science We Need for the Ocean We Want”

H.E. Vladimir Ryabinin

Executive Secretary IOC & Assistant Director General of UNESCO


High-Level Segment – The ocean sustains lives and livelihoods, we must “think globally and act locally” to “make peace with nature to deliver a prosperous and equitable world for all, leaving no one behind”.

H.E. Hong Wang

Vice Minister, Ministry of Natural Resources, China

H.E. Laksana Tri Handoko

Chair, National Research and Innovation Agency, Indonesia

H.E. Takashi Yanagi

Senior Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan

H.E. Dato' Mansor Bin Haji Othman

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment and Water, Malaysia

H.E. Ambassador Ma.Theresa Parreno Lazaro

Undersecretary, Department of Foreign Affairs, the Philippines

H.E. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana

Executive Secretary, The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

H.E. Shigeru Aoyagi

Director, Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, UNESCO


Stakeholder Roundtable Dialogue – The ocean and ocean science hold answers to many defining challenges plaguing humanity. How could we unlock these solutions to sustainable development challenges in the region?


Renato U. Solidum, Jr.

Undersecretary, Department of Science and Technology (DOST),
the Philippines

Minhan Dai

Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xiamen University, China

Hide Sakaguchi

President, Ocean Policy Research Institute of The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Montri Rawanchaikul

CEO, PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited

Maeve Nightingale

Senior Programme Officer, IUCN

Seung-Tae Yoon

Early Career Ocean Professional, Kyungpook National University,
Republic of Korea


Call for UN Ocean Decade Actions and voices of our youth in the region

Decade Action Incubator Series
25-26 November 2021, 0830-1730 (UTC+7, Bangkok time)

Once you have registered, you will receive an email confirmation containing a zoom meeting link, which will enable you to join any incubator that you are interested in.

Decade Challenges Addressed:

Challenge 1

Understand and beat marine pollution

Challenge 2

Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity

Challenge 3

Sustainably feed the global population

Challenge 4

Develop a sustainable and equitable ocean economy

Challenge 5

Unlock ocean-based solutions to climate change

Challenge 6

Increase community resilience to ocean hazards

Challenge 7

Expand the Global Ocean Observing System

Challenge 8

Create a digital representation of the ocean

Challenge 9

Deliver data, knowledge and technology to all

Challenge 10

Change humanity's relationship with the ocean

25 November 2021, 0830-1030 (UTC+7, Bangkok time)

Incubator 1:

Ocean solutions: Understand the multiple stressors on coastal ecosystems and provide solutions that benefit people, nature and economy

Incubator 2:

Marine Life 2030: Increase our knowledge of marine biodiversity in Indo-Western Pacific region for better conservation and management

Incubator 3:

Advance the application of remote sensing to coastal habitat mapping and monitoring

25 November 2021, 1030-1230 (UTC+7, Bangkok time)

Incubator 4:

Advance marine mammal and sea turtle studies to address challenges in conservation management

Incubator 5:

Nothing marginal about the Asian Marginal Seas: the AMS as the central point for unveiling marine environment and productivity changes in a changing climate

25 November 2021, 1300-1520 (UTC+7, Bangkok time)

25 November 2021, 1530-1730 (UTC+7, Bangkok time)

Incubator 6:

Save our corals: a partnership programme catalyzing knowledge and ocean science solutions to enhancing coral reef resilience

Incubator 7:

Seamless ocean forecasting and service system for a predicted ocean: From ocean to climate

26 November 2021, 0830-1030 (UTC+7, Bangkok time)

Incubator 8:

Unlock the mysteries and opportunities about marine biodiversity in the Indo-Pacific Convergent Center

Incubator 9:

Solutions to the conflicts of ocean uses: Accelerate marine spatial planning in the Western Pacific

Incubator 10:

Ocean spikes a fever: Marine heatwaves (MHWs) over the monsoonal ocean areas and their social and ecological impacts

26 November 2021, 1030-1230 (UTC+7, Bangkok time)

Incubator 11:

Stem the tide of plastic and microplastic transport from rivers to the ocean

Incubator 12:

Foster transformative HAB sciences for societal applications

Incubator 13:

Explore the strongest ocean current in the Western Pacific: the 2nd Cooperative Study of Kuroshio and Adjacent Regions – from its sciences to human wellbeings

26 November 2021, 1300-1500 (UTC+7, Bangkok time)

Incubator 14:

Towards ocean sustainability: Direction of science and technology we need for the blue economy we want

Incubator 15:

Enhance coastal resilience and adaptation: Observe and predict coastal inundation and erosion

Launch a UN Decade endorsed project

Coastal zones under intensifying human activities and a changing climate: A regional programme integrating science, management and society to support ocean sustainability (COASTAL-SOS)

26 November 2021, 1530-1730 (UTC+7, Bangkok time)

Incubator 16:

Toward the societal applications of ocean data assimilation and forecast: Potential contributions to ForeSea and CoastPredict

Incubator 17:

Early Career Ocean Professionals (Asia): a perspective on science communication


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