Philippines wins seat in UNCLoS recognized body

The Philippines won a seat in the Executive Council of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) at elections held during the 28th session of the IOC Assembly at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, the Department of Foreign Affairs said today. IOC Executive Council is composed of 40 Member States.

Philippines will be holding the position from 2015 to 2017. The Philippines last became a member of the IOC Executive Council during the period 2003-2005.

DFA said having a position in IOC “will further strengthen the Philippines’ capacity in ocean science, tsunami early warning, and disaster risk reduction and management.”

IOC, established in 1960, is as a body with functional autonomy within UNESCO and is the only competent organization for marine science within the UN system.

IOC is recognized through the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLoS) as the competent international organization in the field of Marine Science.

Its purpose 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.