Based in Paris, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO holds a universal mandate and global convening power for ocean science and capacity development in support of the 2030 Agenda and its sustainable goals.
With a strong regional presence in Africa, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific, the IOC provides field expertise in all ocean basins, and works in cooperation with UN and international partners to coordinate ocean-related activities in 148 Member States.
For nearly 60 years, UNESCO’s IOC has developed a strong outreach capacity to mobilize national policy makers, scientific institutions and civil society toward conserving ocean health; coordinating early warning systems for ocean hazards such as tsunami; ensuring ecosystem resilience to climate change; and constantly developing knowledge of emerging ocean issues. The Global Ocean Science Report, IOC-UNESCO's flagship publication, provides every five years a worldwide stocktaking of national ocean science capacities.
The IOC is fully mobilized to prepare the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), a global collective framework to bolster investments and technological innovation in ocean scientific research. Only more and better knowledge can help us deliver the ocean we need for the future we want. Join us!