UNESCO is the main partner of the 1 OCEAN Foundation, which it supports in its exploration missions. It is thus contributing to the United Nations Decade of the Ocean (2021-2030).
Since its creation in 1945, UNESCO has been committed to the Ocean. The institution contributes to the preservation of the marine environment through World Heritage sites and biosphere reserves. Through its educational activities, it also helps to raise awareness of environmental issues, and thus contributes to safeguarding the world's oceans.
In 1960, UNESCO created the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) to enable Member States to share their work and knowledge about the Ocean. Since 2021, the IOC of UNESCO has been leading the Decade of the Ocean (2021-2030). This major programme for the Ocean aims to mobilize the scientific community, political decision-makers, companies and civil society around a common research and technological innovation programme.
"With only 20% of the ocean floor mapped today, we are the ungrateful children of an ocean that gives us everything," says Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO's Director-General.says Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO. To better protect the ocean, we must understand it; to understand it, we must explore it. On the occasion of this decade for the Ocean, photographer Alexis Rosenfeld and UNESCO are launching 1 OCEAN, an international exploration project. This is the second collaboration between the photographer and the institution: they had worked together on the project "Coral reefs, a challenge for humanity" in 2018.