The 26th Session of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Assembly of UNESCO has been started on June 22, 2011 in Paris. The delegation of the Russian Federation, which includes representatives of relevant agencies and the commonwealth of scientists, is led by the Head of the Federal Service of Russia for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring, A.V.Frolov
The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, which last year celebrated the 50th anniversary of its creation, includes 139 member states. It coordinates research activities of different agencies and institutions of the UN system, conducts regular monitoring of the oceans in order to prevent their pollution, to conserve the marine biological and mineral resources, to improve weather forecasts, tsunami and hurricanes early warning to the population. The Commission also participates in the creation of the Global Ocean Observing System, which helps to better understand the impact of ocean currents on climate change.
The IOC Assembly of UNESCO is a supreme governing body, which draws up and approves its general policy and principal activity guidelines. A number of important issues of the Commission activity are on the agenda for the IOC Assembly, including the prevention and reduction of the impacts of natural hazards, climate change mitigation, protection of ocean health, etc. The session will also select a new governing body of the IOC of UNESCO - its Executive Board.
The IOC Assembly of UNESCO will complete its work on July 5th.