Co-Organised by:

The Irish Government, the European Commission, the Marine Institute, and the University of Galway


Galway, Ireland (Hybrid event)


5th and 6th July 2023


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2013-2023 | 10 years of the Galway Statement

The event “2013 – 2023: 10 years of the Galway Statement. Celebrating a decade of marine research cooperation along and across the Atlantic Ocean – Our Shared Resource” celebrated a decade of achievements and it aimed to renew our shared commitment to the Atlantic Ocean. 

The Irish Government and the European Commission, together with the Marine Institute and the University of Galwayorganised this event in Ireland, in Dublin on the 4 July (by invitation only) and, in Galway on the 5-6 July 2023, as hybrid event.

Micheál Martin, TD, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence of Ireland and EU Commissioner Mairead McGuinness welcomed high-level guests in Dublin, on 4 July, in a dedicated celebration with our international partners. 

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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.
This event held in July 2023 also led the way up towards the 2023 All-Atlantic Forum in South Africa, and it interconnected with new strategic mobilisation initiatives that have also been launched in Europe, such as the Mission ‘Restore our Ocean and Waters’, with its Atlantic and Arctic lighthouse. Furthermore, it empowered our future Atlantic stewards and ensured that all of these initiatives keep supporting the UN Decade of Ocean Science and the UN Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.