An overview of IOC current activities in ocean sciences, observations and services
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The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO was founded in 1960 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. IOC plays a key role as a global broker involving the promotion of science innovation, nurturing programmes, transferring, disseminating and sharing information, data and knowledge, best practices, assessment and scientific services related to Oceanography. This process is done in an inclusive and participatory way, including views of the scientific community, academia, Member States, etc., and including cultural diversity principles. Therefore, the Commission collaborates with international organizations in the field of ocean and coastal area scientific research, observation and related services, and especially with those organizations of the United Nations system which are willing and prepared to contribute to the purpose and functions of the Commission.