Atlantic nations unite to develop pan-Atlantic science

The US will host the signing of the International Cooperation Pact on July 13, 2022

At a time when cooperation for a healthy environment is more important than ever, NOAA, on behalf of the United States, plays a key role in bringing Atlantic countries together to collaborate in ocean research to address environmental challenges and the climate.

In early June, representatives of the Atlantic nations gathered in person in Brazil and online for the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Forum, jointly organized by Brazil and the United States. It was the first of two meetings to be held this summer, culminating in the signing of a new Transatlantic Declaration on Research and Innovation on July 13 in Washington, DC. The United States, Brazil, and other nations around the Atlantic Ocean will commit to working together to advance ocean research and climate change mitigation, promote ecosystem resilience, address marine pollution, and advance sustainable and equitable ocean economic development .

“These are all critical aspects of how we intend to build a climate-ready nation by 2030 in the United States,” said Rick Spinrad, Ph.D., NOAA Administrator, who led the NOAA delegation to the June meeting . β€œAn important part of being a climate-ready nation is working with the global community to build a climate-ready world. Understanding the world’s oceans as we mitigate, adapt and build resilience against climate change requires our collective efforts.”

Advancing U.S. ocean science, technology, and sustainability capabilities through international partnerships enables the U.S. to achieve its goals of protecting human health, addressing climate change, ensuring coastal resilience, and promoting economic prosperity.

Ocean science diplomacy has accelerated over the past decade and a half. In 2013, the United States, Canada, and the European Union signed the Galway Declaration on Atlantic Cooperation to commit to collaborating on ocean science for the economic and environmental health of the ocean and North Atlantic nations. Four years later, Brazil, South Africa and the European Union signed the Belem Declaration on Atlantic Cooperation in Research and Innovation to make a similar commitment to ocean science cooperation to improve the environmental and economic well-being of the ocean and people in the nations surrounding the South Atlantic. The Atlantic Research and Innovation Alliance Declaration will build on the statements from Galway and Belem and will be signed in Washington during the second meeting of the Atlantic Research Forum from 12 to 14 July.

To learn more about the All Atlantic Forum, please go online here.

To watch the Pan-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum and the signing ceremony of the Pan-Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Declaration on July 13, the public is invited to watch the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance’s live YouTube broadcast. The July 13 forum begins with opening remarks at 8:30 a.m. EDT, followed by a keynote address by NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad at 9:15 a.m. EDT and a declaration signing ceremony at 10 a.m. EDT. For more information on the agenda, see the attached file.

For more information, please contact Monica Allen, NOAA Communications, at [email protected] or 202-379-6693


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