The 26th Session of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Assembly has completed its work in Paris.
During the session, representatives of UNESCO Member States and Secretariat discussed a wide range of issues within the scope of the IOC’s activities. Principal directions were outlined for further promotion of the main instrument of the Commission activity as the Global Ocean Observing System. In view of recent tragic developments in Japan, scientific assessments and conclusions from the disaster were reviewed and recommendations made to help increase the efficiency of forecasting and warning systems in order to minimize losses from tsunami. A great deal of attention in the work of the IOC Assembly was paid to the set of issues associated with global climate change and its consequences adaptation measures for specific regions.
On the initiative of Russia a decision was made at the session to involve the Commission’s active participation in holding the International Polar Decade since 2015.
During the Assembly session, a closing ceremony was held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the IOC, during which 43 anniversary commemorative medals were presented, five of which to Russian experts.
The Commission Executive Board elections were held at the session; the Board will manage the ongoing work in the upcoming biennium. The Russian Federation was once again re-elected the Executive Board member, which was another recognition of Russia's great contribution to the implementation of key programs of the IOC such as the ocean and climate, oceanographic data exchange, an international tsunami warning system, etc..
The next regular session of the IOC Assembly will be held in June 2013.