21.06.2017 - Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

Germany: Major efforts to raise awareness and visibility of UNESCO’s IOC at the national level

© BSH/Germany - Monika Breuch-Moritz, BSH President and Head of the German Delegation to IOC.

In a major show of support for the activities and institutional visibility of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), the German Maritime and Hydrographic Agency offered to print and distribute the recently published “One Planet, One Ocean” IOC corporate brochure among German policy-makers and the wider scientific community.

Representing the German government within IOC’s governance framework, the Maritime and Hydrographic Agency – BSH, for short – saw the publication of IOC’s new corporate brochure as an opportunity to strengthen its intergovernmental engagement, and to raise the visibility of global ocean science priorities within the German policy and scientific communities.

BSH will circulate more than 850 copies of IOC’s “One Planet, One Ocean” corporate brochure throughout Germany. The publications will help promote IOC’s activities within policy networks as well as foster further collaboration with German scientific and research institutions. Brochures will also be distributed at several ocean science-related events across the country.

Germany is a longtime collaborator of IOC. The Commission has a strong and longtime collaboration with the German government, including the development of the Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System (InaTEWS).

Germany invested EUR 50 million in the creation of this early warning system, which operates under IOC coordination. As BSH President and Head of the German Delegation to IOC Monika Breuch-Moritz explains in the IOC corporate brochure, “scientific staff from several German institutions were seconded to the UNESCO office in Jakarta and to IOC’s Tsunami Unit in Paris to support the quick operationalization of the system.”

The circulation of corporate brochures in Germany stands out as an exemplary effort by BSH to anchor IOC’s growing global visibility at the national level. Such collaboration between the IOC Secretariat and its Member States on communication and outreach will be key to ensuring wide recognition of IOC’s unique role in the coordination of global ocean science.

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