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HUB researchers contributed to the UN-decade course on co-design

Senia Febrica and Mia Strand

One Ocean Hub, Rhodes University and University of Strathclyde

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The UN launched a free online training course, "Co-design for the Ocean Decade," in May 2024 as part of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030.

Published in July 2024, this blog draws attention to the UN launched a free online training course on “Co-design for the Ocean Decade,” part of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030, in May 2024. Developed with contributions from One Ocean Hub researchers Mia Strand and Bernadette Snow, the course emphasizes equal partnerships, diverse knowledge systems, and addressing power imbalances in collaborative ocean research. The 18-hour, self-paced course comprises six modules that equip participants with fundamental understanding and practical skills in co-design methodologies. Aimed at enhancing global capacity for ocean research and policy-making, it covers stakeholder identification, engagement strategies, and impact monitoring. Strand and Snow’s insights in Module 5 focus on equity and collaboration, highlighting challenges and opportunities for achieving equal partnerships. The course is part of broader UN efforts to promote co-design, including initiatives targeting African and Caribbean stakeholders, supported by various international collaborations and funding.