The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO
promotes international scientific cooperation to ensure the best knowledge leads to the conservation and sustainable management of our ocean and its resources.
UNESCO’s IOC works to coordinate ocean-related activities in its 149
Member States. Since its creation in 1960, the IOC has been providing expertise in all ocean basins toward conserving ocean health, coordinating observing and early warning systems, ensuring ecosystem resilience to climate change and constantly developing knowledge of emerging ocean issues.
On behalf of the United Nations, the IOC is leading preparations of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), mobilizing the scientific community, policy-makers, businesses and civil society around a programme of joint research and technological innovation for the benefit of our planet.