UN-Oceans is the inter-agency mechanism that seeks to enhance, strengthen and promote coordination, coherence and effectiveness of the activities of the United Nations system and the International Seabed Authority (ISA) on ocean and coastal issues. It reports annually to the Board through the High Level Committee on Programmes.

UN-Oceans was established to:

  • Strengthen and promote coordination and coherence of United Nations system activities related to ocean and coastal areas;
  • Regularly share ongoing and planned activities of participating organizations within the framework of relevant United Nations and other mandates with a view to identifying possible areas for collaboration and synergy;
  • Facilitate, as appropriate, inputs by its participating organizations to the annual reports of the Secretary-General on oceans and the law of the sea and on sustainable fisheries to be submitted to the Secretariat;
  • Facilitate inter-agency information exchange, including sharing of experiences, best practices, tools and methodologies and lessons learned in ocean-related matters.


  • Biodiversity
  • Climate Change
  • High-Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP)


  • UN-Oceans: Terms of Reference (resolution 68/70, Annex)

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