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

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24.06.2010

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) took place at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

Representatives of 40 Member States of the Executive Board, including the Russian inter-departmental delegation headed by Head of Roshydromet, Deputy Chairman of National Hydrological Program A.V.Frolov took part in the work of the governing body of the Commission.

The session summarized the results of the implementation of one of the UNESCO key programmes, aimed at extending knowledge about the seas and oceans and their using for prevention and mitigation of natural disasters, including tsunamis, reducing the impact of climate change, conservation of ecosystems, management of ocean resources and coastal zones. A number of issues relating to further activities of the Commission were discussed.

As part of the session, a grand meeting on the 50th anniversary of the Commission was held on World Oceans Day of June 8. Director-General of UNESCO I.Bokova, Chairperson of the Executive Board of the Organization, Permanent Representative of Russia to UNESCO E.V.Mitrofanova, the French Secretary of State for Sustainable Development V.Letard and famous French seafarer M.Fontenoy, speaking at the meeting, highlighted the importance of marine exploration in search of answers to global challenges facing humanity.

On the same day in the Unesco building the opening of the exhibition was performed, as well as presentation of the book dedicated to the Centenary of Jacques Cousteau's birth “Troubled Waters: Ocean Science and Governance” by G.Holland and D.Pugh, published by Cambridge University Press on the occasion of the Commission’s fiftieth anniversary.

June 21, 2010