On 22 May 2023, the Polish Academy of Sciences Scientific Center in Paris hosted a conference entitled “Where the world is heading? co-organised with the Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences and in cooperation with a number of international institutions such as UNESCO, the European Marine Board Communication Panel, Gdynia Aquarium, Nausicaa, Sopot Science Association, Today We Have, and with the support of the MARBEFES and Blue Mission Banos projects. The conference had the status of Official Side Event of the European Maritime Day 2023.

Ocean sustainability issues can be found in 38% of the content of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and among the 5 EU Horizon Europe Missions. More than 3 billion people rely in various ways on the oceans for their livelihoods, which are treated as sources of food, employment, health benefits. The human population is growing and more people are moving to coastal areas, which in turn leads to greater use of the oceans: more agricultural run-off, increased tourism, transport and energy production. Given the impacts of climate change, growing ‘coastal populations’ need to implement adaptation and mitigation measures in their daily and working lives.

During the conference, in 2 plenary sessions and 2 panel discussions, participants from Poland, France and other European countries addressed the above issues from different perspectives. One of the highlights of the event was a speech given by Mariusz Lewicki, Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Poland to UNESCO.

As a result of the discussions held during the event, five recommendations for research institutions and key decision-makers in improving the quality and effectiveness of communication in the context of the UN Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 were developed and adopted by all participants.