21.09.2016 - Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

Global frameworks on the road to 2030: IOC-UNESCO presents its contribution to Member States

IOC Executive Secretary highlights organizational functional areas of programmatic action to Member States. ©Lindoso/IOC-UNESCO

Paris, 13 September – The Secretariat of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) hosted an Information Meeting for UNESCO Permanent Delegations to give an overview of IOC’s objectives, priorities and programmatic activities.

The presentation offered Member States a closer look at the important role IOC plays in the implementation of major current and emerging global frameworks such as the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and the SAMOA Pathway for Small Island Developing Countries (SIDS).

IOC Executive Secretary, Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin, introduced the various programmes and projects implemented by IOC and drove home to Member States the crucial role played by the Commission in mobilizing intergovernmental cooperation around ocean science and research. Dr. Ryabinin emphasized the strong potential for IOC to serve as a focal point for Member States seeking to develop their capacities to contribute toward the Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG14): to conserve and sustainable use of oceans seas and marine resources for sustainable development. He reminded delegates that “the text of the Agenda 2030 specifically mentions the work of IOC and calls for developing marine science capacity in accordance with the IOC Guidelines on Transfer of Marine Technology”. From a monitoring perspective, IOC is moreover responsible for tracking progress made by countries on SDG14 targets for ocean acidification and the transfer of marine technology.

The presentation was welcomed by various delegates, who were able to engage the IOC senior management in a Q&A session following Dr. Ryabinin’s presentation. Delegates from around ten countries questioned the Secretariat on issues that ranged from specific technical programmes in Central Africa to institutional developments around human resources and ocean priorities for the upcoming negotiations around the UNESCO Programme and Budget (39 C/5). Across the board, delegates expressed a desire to have similar opportunities for informational exchange with the IOC Secretariat on a more frequent basis.

Missed the Information Meeting? Check out some pictures and download the presentation.

For more information, please contact the Office of the Executive Secretary of IOC-UNESCO: Mrs. Rejane HERVE-SMADJA (r.herve@unesco.org)

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