An evaluation of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission’s role in global marine science and oceanography

Article date: 6 Feb 2015, Author: Steve Hall, Roland Rogers, Dr Jennifer Riley, Dr Beth Taylor, Sophie Leedham

UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) was established by the United Nations (UN) in 1960 to be the focal point for ocean science in the UN system.

The UK was a founding member of IOC and has participated fully in every aspect of IOC’s work from the earliest days. The UK has a deep and long lasting commitment to the IOC. This policy brief reflects upon the IOC’s vital role and makes recommendations for the future.

The UK National Commission for UNESCO and the UK Delegation to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission were invited by the IOC’s Executive Secretary to give a presentation on the policy brief’s recommendations during the 28th Session of the IOC Executive Council in June 2015 at UNESCO’s Paris Headquarters. The policy brief was an official agenda document of the Executive Council and is also available on its website.