14.05.2012 - Natural Sciences Sector

Targets for UNESCO-IOC’s resource mobilization

© Alicia Navidad, CSIRO, AustraliaSince the program began 10 years ago, 3000 Argo profiling floats such as this one have provided oceanographers with a three-dimensional view of the water column down to 2 km.

UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC) has released its detailed Complementary Additional Programme of Budgetary Resources for 2012-2013.

 

The document provides an overview of UNESCO-IOC’s mobilization objectives for the current biennium under its four high level objectives, as an invitation to Member States to consider extra budgetary contributions in a broader perspective than individual projects.

These are:

  • Prevention and reduction of the impacts of natural hazards,
  • Mitigation of the impacts and adaptation to climate change and variability,
  • Safeguarding the health of ocean ecosystems, and
  • Management procedures and policies leading to the sustainability of coastal and ocean environment and resources.

A range of activities is presented within each of these high level objectives, including overall goal, expected results and outputs. UNESCO-IOC also seeks to increase its visibility and outreach by capitalizing on its comparative advantage as the leading UN organization in the areas of tsunami early-warning systems; ocean observation systems, including sea-level monitoring; oceans and climate; and international exchange of oceanographic data and information.

Part of the activities implemented with the support of outside funding will have a global scope, but increased attention will be given to Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Arab states.

The mobilization of extra-budgetary resources has always played an important role in strengthening the impact and reach of UNESCO’s programmes. In 2008, the Organization established a Complementary Additional Programme that demonstrated a more strategic focus for fund mobilization. It increased the consistency between the regular programme activities approved by UNESCO’s Member States and extra budgetary activities.

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