A general view of the UNESCO headquarters before a ceremony for the 'UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences' in Paris July 17, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)
Egypt has won a two-year seat on the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)’s executive council from 2015 to 2017, state news agency MENA has reported.
The vote for the UN marine science organisation’s executive council, held every two years, took place on Wednesday.
Among Arab states, Egypt gained 93 votes, followed by Morocco with 92, Tunisia with 83, and Oman with 82, Egypt's ambassador to the UN's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Mohamed Sameh Amr told MENA.
After the vote, Arab states hold three out of 40 seats on the IOC's executive council.
The IOC is “the only competent organisation for marine science within the UN system," according to the organisation’s official website. Focusing on oceans, seas and coastal areas, it aims for international cooperation in research, services and capacity building.
The IOC counts 146 member states. The 40 seats of its executive council include one chairperson, five vice-chairpersons, and 34 other representatives of member countries.