The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development starts in 2021. The preparatory phase “The science we need for the ocean we want” (2018 to 2020) set the first moves towards the necessary debates to be promoted. Also, 2021 may be the year of the signature of the mining code under the International Seabed Authority (ISA) and the biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction international legally binding instrument under the UN auspices (BBNJ).  

Finally, recent technology advances and expected demand for minerals, for instance to build high tech batteries in a more and more digital world, are two factors that accelerate the race to the poles and the high sea. Therefore, the regulation of unsustainable activities before they aggravate the ongoing threats to ocean health is urgent and necessary. 

Meridiano 47, Journal of Global Studies   will publish articles for a special issue on the topic in 2021. With this issue we seek to contribute to the debates on the future of the ocean and the poles from an interdisciplinary perspective. Some suggested topics are: 

1. Oceans and Anthropocene: are we accelerating “blue acceleration” regardless of planetary boundaries? 

2. The function of law regarding ocean and polar diplomacy.  

3. Since the Earth is a blue Planet, why don’t we have an ocean and polar diplomacy?  

4. The negotiation process of the BBNJ international legally-binding instrument. Is it fair and equitable? May it be considered a success case? 

5. The International Seabed Authority Mining Code negotiations and outcomes. 

6. How was the ocean decade shaped? Is the UN multilateralism still functioning? 

7. How is science taken into account? Do we need a scientific body for the ocean? 

8. How is available knowledge being gathered and used? Does it reproduce the North-South divide or on the contrary, knowledge seems to be more integrated?  

10. Blue economy in a post-covid context. 

11. Ocean health. 

Ana Flávia Barros-Platiau (Professor at the Institute of International Relations at the University of Brasilia), Carina Costa de Oliveira (Professor at the Law Faculty at the University of Brasilia) and Leandra Gonçalves (postdoctoral researcher at the Oceanographic Institute at the University of São Paulo) are the guest editors for this special issue. All submissions must be original and unpublished. They may be written in English or Portuguese, including an abstract not exceeding 60 words (and 4-6 keywords in English and Portuguese). They must be in the range of 4,000 and 8,000 words (including title , abstract, bibliographical references and keywords). The articles can be written in English or Portuguese. General guidelines for Meridiano 47 review authors can be found on the journal’s website

Contributions must be submitted between November 30th, 2020 and May 30th, 2021 through the Journal’s submission system