Egypt was elected on Wednesday as a member of the executive council of the UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO).
The Member States of IOC-UNESCO elected Wednesday the new officers (the chairperson and five vice-chairpersons), and the members of the executive council during 2019-2021.
Speaking to MENA, Egypt’s ambassador to France and permanent representative to UNESCO Ihab Badawi thanked all member states that supported Cairo during the elections.
Egypt pays special interest to the Arab and African presence in international events and bodies, especially in light of its presidency of the African Union and the Arab bloc in the UNESCO, Badawi said.
IOC-UNESCO, established in 1960 as a body with functional autonomy within UNESCO, is the only competent organization for marine science within the UN system.
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.
In addition, IOC is recognized through the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) as the competent international organization in the fields of Marine Scientific Research (Part XIII) and Transfer of Marine Technology (Part XIV).
The Executive Council consists of 40 Member States, including the six Member States represented by the Chairperson and the five Vice-Chairpersons.
The Executive Council meets every year to review issues and items from on-going work plans, and makes preparations for the IOC-UNESCO Assembly.