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3 July 2019 - The Philippines won by acclamation a seat on the Executive Council of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) for the period 2019-2021 during the elections held at the 30th session of the IOC Assembly at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.

This is the Philippines’ third consecutive term as one of the 40 members of the Executive Council. As a maritime and archipelagic state located at the center of the world’s marine biodiversity, the Philippines shall continue to contribute to the Commission’s unique role in fostering international cooperation in ocean science and in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, particularly Goal 14 on Life Below Water.

IOC Elections

Philippine National Focal Point for IOC, Dr. Gil Jacinto at the 30th session of the IOC Assembly at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris

The IOC, established in 1960 as a body with functional autonomy within UNESCO, is the competent organization for marine science within the UN system. Its purpose 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. END