At its 69th session (December 2014), the United Nations General Assembly expressed its appreciation to IOC's Ocean Teacher Academy for its contribution to Capacity Building and noted the expansion towards a global academy through the establishment of regional training centres . (See also other paragraphs of the 69th UNGA resolution, part II on Capacity-building, which are of relevance to the IOC Capacity Development Strategy - NOTE1).
Furthermore, the Ocean Teacher Global Academy is a direct response to the need expressed in the United Nations Convention on the Law Of the Sea (UNCLOS), Article 276, with regard to the establishment of regional training centres, in order to stimulate and advance the conduct of marine scientific research, particularly by developing States, and to foster the transfer of marine technology. This call was reiterated in the outcome document of the Third International conference on SIDS held in Samoa in September 2014.
In its Resolution A/RES/69/245, the UNGA “Expresses its appreciation for the contribution of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission to capacity-building through its Ocean Teacher Academy training system, which has provided training in ocean data and information management to more than 1,300 students and professionals from more than 120 countries, and takes note of the setting up of the Ocean Teacher Global Academy, operating through a network of regional training centres, which builds capacity and promotes expertise available in developing countries”.
NOTE 1: Other paragraphs of the 69th UNGA resolution, part II Capacity-building, are of relevance to the IOC Capacity Development Strategy:
paragraph 12: Calls for capacity-building initiatives to take into account the needs of developing countries, and calls upon States, international organizations and donor agencies to make efforts to ensure the sustainability of such initiatives;
paragraph 15: Calls upon States and international institutions, including through bilateral, regional and global cooperation programmes, technical partnerships and fellowships, to continue to support and strengthen capacity-building activities, in particular in developing countries, in the field of marine scientific research by, inter alia, training personnel to develop and enhance relevant expertise, providing the necessary equipment, facilities and vessels and transferring environmentally sound technologies;
paragraph 18: Emphasizes the need to focus on strengthening South-South cooperation as an additional way to build capacity and as a cooperative mechanism to further enable countries to set their own priorities and needs and to foster actions to implement such cooperation;
paragraph 25: Acknowledges the importance of capacity-building for developing States, in particular the least developed countries and small island developing States, as well as coastal African States, for the protection of the marine environment and the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources;
paragraph 26: Recognizes that promoting the voluntary transfer of technology is an essential aspect of building capacity in marine science;
paragraph 27: Encourages States to use the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, and recalls the important role of the secretariat of that Commission in the implementation and promotion of the Criteria and Guidelines;
paragraph 39: Encourages the competent international organizations, the United Nations Development Programme and international financial institutions and funds to consider expanding their programmes within their respective fields of competence for assistance to developingcountries and to coordinate their efforts, and recognizes the funding available from the Global Environment Facility as well as other funds allocated for projects relating to oceans;