The UNESCO-Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission’s 49th Executive Council Meeting was held in Paris from 6 to 10 June. The meeting emphasised the crucial role of IOC in international marine science cooperation, capacity development, emerging technology issues and realising the Sustainable Development Goals.
The UK Delegation, led by Steve Hall from the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, intervened to underscore emerging marine technology opportunities and the contribution of the UK to international marine scientific research initiatives and capacity development.
The UK and France seconded a German resolution to place IOC science at the service of the UN’s development of a new statutory instrument for the sustainable management of biological diversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction – those parts of the ocean that lie outside the exclusive economic zones of nations and therefore are vulnerable to unregulated extraction of resources. This resolution received consensus approval from delegates.
UK intervention further highlighted the involvement of UK marine scientists and funding agencies as an avenue for capacity building in Small Island Developing States and programmes such as the Second International Indian Ocean Expedition
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