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Galway Statement 10 years

Celebrating a decade of marine research cooperation along and across the Atlantic - Our Shared Resource

Much has happened since the Galway Statement was signed in May 2013 between Canada, the European Union and the United States of America. More than 1000 research teams have started to map the North Atlantic seabed, discovered new deep-water volcanoes and species, studied the effects of deep-sea mining and the changing climate on the biodiversity, created a network of floating universities, shared research infrastructures in the Atlantic and Arctic regions, and much else. These successes have led to a new ocean-scale cooperation, culminating in the signing of the All-Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Alliance Declaration in Washington DC.

To celebrate this decade of achievement and renew our shared commitment to the Atlantic Ocean, the Irish Government and the European Commission, together with the Marine Institute and the University of Galway will organise a hybrid event in Galway (Ireland), on 5-6 July 2023.

Together with European and international Atlantic partners and actors, the event will showcase how a new Atlantic Ocean research and innovation community was formed, how the different initiatives and common work impacted joint research roadmaps and inspired new discoveries and how they brought benefits to coastal communities, citizens and young people. It will focus on inspirational and intergenerational discussions and engagement to build an All-Atlantic Alliance inclusive by design, accessible by default, literate by desire.

The event will also look at the continuation and future deepening of this work so that it is fully embedded in the signing of the new All-Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Alliance Ministerial Declaration in Washington D.C. on 13 July 2022 and the future work ahead. Finally, this event will also lead the way up towards the 2023 All-Atlantic Forum in South Africa.

Last but not least, it will interconnect with new strategic mobilisation initiatives that meanwhile have also been launched in Europe, such as the Mission ‘Restore our Ocean and Waters’, with its Atlantic and Arctic lighthouse, and ensure that all this supports the UN Decade of Ocean Science, and more broadly the UN Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.

Mark this date in your agenda so that you do not miss that chance to join us for this new milestone in our All-Atlantic Ocean cooperation. More information will follow and registrations will open soon.

Make sure to save the date and we will see you there!

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