The IOC established a partnership with the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, United Nations (UN-DOALOS).

On the occasion of the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 Conference), as indicated in the outcome document “The Future We Want”, States recognized “the importance of building the capacity of developing countries to be able to benefit from the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans and seas and their resources” and in this regard emphasized “the need for cooperation in marine scientific research to implement the provisions of UNCLOS and the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, as well as for the transfer of technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Guidelines for the transfer of marine technology”.

The partnership between the IOC and UN-DOALOS aims to strengthen the capacity of States, in particular of developing countries, including SIDS, to implement UNCLOS and thus promote and facilitate the conduct of marine scientific research and effective dissemination of data, samples and research results in accordance with UNCLOS. The partnership consists of a needs-driven training project to be delivered through training courses at the regional level, in particular also in the various SIDS regions, in partnership with other interested organizations; as well as through an internet portal for marine scientific research professionals. The training will focus on the legal, technical and scientific aspects relating to marine scientific research with a view to promoting a consistent application of the relevant provisions of UNCLOS. The target audience of the activities will be government officials who are policy makers and/or administrators, and scientists and technical staff.

In addition, as an inclusive project, the partnership is expected to facilitate interactions between government officials and scientists, including as representatives from developing coastal States and researching States. Furthermore, it is expected to lead to an improved knowledge of the marine environment. By applying the acquired knowledge to management and decision-making, this partnership will contribute to sustainable development.

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