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Science, technology and innovation are fundamental to address the global challenges such as poverty eradication, economic and social development and the protection of the environment. They are also critical for the achievement of the Goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to ensure that developing countries fully benefit from the potentialities of the Blue Economy.
The vital role of women in contributing to such global objectives has been well established and repeatedly reaffirmed by governments and key UN conferences and meetings. Also, and although numerous initiatives have been adopted and implemented at global, regional and national levels, to reach and ensure the open up of new opportunities of women in non-traditional as well as emerging sectors such as science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the Blue Economy, the participation of women from developing States in these sectors remain low. This is particularly true in the field of deep-sea marine scientific research.
Cognizant of these challenges, ISA is committed to contribute to enhance the role of women of meeting the Goals of the 2030 Agenda, and how gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls strengthens capacity in technical areas of knowledge, such as deep-sea scientific research (#OceanAction15467).