17 июня 2010

On the 43rd session of the Executive Council of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO


On 8-16 June the 43rd session of the Executive Council of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO was held at the Organization’s Headquarters in Paris.

Representatives of 40 member-states of the IOC Executive Council took part in the session. The Russian Federation was represented by an interagency delegation headed by vice chairman of the National oceanographic commission, the head of Russian Meteorological Centre Mr. A.Frolov.

The delegates resumed implementation of one of UNESCO key programs aimed at expanding knowledge of the seas and oceans in order to prevent natural disasters, such as tsunami, and to moderate their consequences, to diminish the impact of climate change, to preserve the ecosystems, to manage ocean and coast resources. A range of questions concerning further IOC activities was discussed at the session.

On June 8, World Oceans Day, a special meeting to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the IOC took place in the framework of the 43rd session of the Executive Council. The audience was addressed by the Director-General of UNESCO Mrs. Irina Bokova and the Chairperson of UNESCO Executive Board, Permanent Delegate of the Russian Federation to UNESCO Mrs. Eleonora Mitrofanova, the French Secretary of State for Sustainable Development Mrs. Valérie Létard and a famous French navigator Mrs. Maud Fontenoy. They emphasized the importance of marine research to address global challenges facing humankind.

Celebrations of the 8th of June coincided with the inauguration of an exhibition at UNESCO Headquarters and the launch of a new book dedicated to centenary celebrations of the birth of J.-Y. Cousteau “Troubled Waters: ocean science and governance” by Geoff Holland and David Pugh (Cambridge University Press) published on the occasion of the IOC 50th anniversary.