The IOC Capacity Development Strategy was adopted by the 28th Session of the IOC Assembly (2015) through Resolution XXVIII-2

Capacity building is an essential tenet of IOC’s mission:  It enables all Member States to participate in and benefit from ocean research and services that are vital to sustainable development and human welfare on the planet.  This Strategy’s vision identifies capacity development as the primary catalyst through which IOC will achieve its four high level objectives in the current 2014–2021 IOC Medium-Term Strategy.

The vision statement of IOC’s Capacity Development Strategy:

Through international cooperation, IOC assists its Member States to collectively achieve the IOC’S high-level objectives (HLOs), with particular attention to ensuring that all Member States have the capacity to meet them.

The Mission Statement of IOC’s Capacity Development Strategy:

The IOC will undertake relevant actions to assist Member States with developing and sustaining the necessary capacity to undertake activities necessary to achieve the IOC vision at the national level as well as at the international cooperation level.

This strategic framework provides six outputs and numerous activities that are elaborated in detail below. These outputs call for investing in people and the institutions of which they are a part, enhancing access to scientific tools and methodologies, reinforcing IOC’s capabilities to provide services to Member States, enhancing the communication between scientific and policy makers communities, expanding ocean literacy in civil society and mobilising resources to accomplish these goals.

Output Activity
1. Human resources developed 1.1 Academic (higher) education
1.2 Continuous professional development
1.3 Sharing of knowledge and expertise/ community building
1.4 Gender balance
2. Access to physical infrastructure established or improved 2.1 Facilitating access to infrastructure (facilities, instruments, vessels)
3. Global, regional and sub-regional mechanisms strengthened 3.1 Further strengthening and supporting secretariats of regional commissions
3.2 Enhance effective communication between regional sub-commission secretariats and global programmes as well as other communities of practice (incl. other organisations)
4. Development of ocean research policies in support of sustainable development objectives promoted 4.1 Sharing of information on ocean research priorities
4.2 Developing national marine science management procedures and national policies
5. Visibility and awareness increased 5.1 Public Information
5.2 Ocean Literacy
6. Sustained (long-term) resource mobilization reinforced 6.1 In-kind opportunities
6.2 Financial support by Member States to IOC activities

The IOC will contribute to some of the outputs and activities while countries themselves, possibly assisted by other countries and organizations would develop others.

This web site provides an overview of IOC capacity development activities, as well as partnerships with other organizations.


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