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Philippine National Focal Point for Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Dr. Gil Jacinto leads the country’s delegation at the 30th session of the IOC Assembly at UNESCO in Paris. (Paris PE photo via DFA)

The Philippines has regained its seat at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), marking the 3rd consecutive term for the nation to be in the agency’s Executive Council.

The Philippine seat was secured during elections of the new IOC officers and members of the Executive Council at the 30th session of the UNESCO IOC Assembly held on July 3 in Paris, France.

The 40-member IOC Executive Council leads the United Nations agency in promoting international cooperation for the sustainable development and protection of the marine environment, and the decision-making processes of its Member States.

The UNESCO IOC leads programs in line with the United Nations General Assembly’s proclamation of the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development for the years 2021-2030.

“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,” said the Department of Foreign Affairs report on the IOC election.

Representation in the IOC Executive Council Electoral Group I can consist of up to 10 seats; Group II of up to 3 seats; Group III of up to 9 seats; Group IV of up to 9 seats; and Group V of up to 9 seats. The results of the UNESCO IOC elections are as follows:

IOC Officers
Chair
Mr. Ariel Hernán Troisi (Argentina)

Vice-Chairs

  • Ms. Monika Breuch-Moritz (Germany) Group I
  • Mr. Alexander Frolov (Russian Federation) Group II
  • Mr. Frederico Antonio Saraiva Nogueira (Brazil) Group III
  • Mr. Satheesh Chandra Shenoi (India) Group IV
  • Mr. Karim Hilmi (Morocco) Group V

IOC Executive Council

  • Group I: Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Group II: Bulgaria, Russian Federation
  • Group III: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Grenada, Mexico, Peru, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Uruguay
  • Group IV: Australia, China, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Japan, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Thailand
  • Group V: Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Kenya, Kuwait, Madagascar, Morocco, Oman, Senegal, South Africa

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