Capacity development in Ocean Science is one of the core mandates of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).
The two purposes of the IOC, as stated in its Statues, are as follows:
1. The purpose of the Commission is to promote international cooperation and to coordinate programmes in research, services and capacity-building, in order to learn more about the nature and resources of the ocean and coastal areas and to apply that knowledge for the improvement of management, sustainable development, the protection of the marine environment, and the decision-making processes of its Member States;
2. The Commission will collaborate with international organizations concerned with the work of the Commission, and especially with those organizations of the United Nations system which are willing and prepared to contribute to the purpose and functions of the Commission and/or to seek advice and cooperation in the field of ocean and coastal area scientific research, related services and capacity-building.
Two of the function of the Commission are:
- To respond, as a competent international organization, to the requirements deriving from the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), and other international instruments relevant to marine scientific research, related services and capacity-building;
- To make recommendations and coordinate programmes in education, training and assistance in marine science, ocean and coastal observations and the transfer of related technology.
A new capacity development strategy for the IOC
Considering the importance that was given to capacity development in the recent United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), it was proposed that IOC develops a new strategic plan for capacity development in order to better meet new challenges.
During the 27th Session of the IOC Assembly in 2013, Member States unanimously intervened in support of developing the new strategy and the setting up of an inter-sessional working group on CD to develop it further. Read more about