The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is pleased with the re-election of Portugal to the Executive Council of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). This re-election was confirmed during the 30th IOC Assembly in Paris, on 3 July.

This re-election reflects the acknowledgement of the contribution of Portugal in the field of oceans. This is also the result of the work undertaken by the Portuguese representative in the Executive Council of the IOC, Professor Luís Menezes, who has been doing an outstanding job in continuing the important legacy of Professor Mário Ruivo in this body of UNESCO.

This result was due to the inherent merits of our candidacy, the efforts of our diplomatic network carried out in every capital of the Member States of UNESCO and an intense campaign of our Mission in UNESCO.

Portugal attaches great importance to the IOC, whose main task is the observation and monitoring of the oceans and the management of the coastal areas. The IOC also plays a fundamental role in protecting marine biodiversity and promoting knowledge, science and development support.

The participation of Portugal in the IOC clearly reflects the priority bestowed in the topic of oceans - which is ever more pressing given the climate changes -, namely in the framework of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science and the 2030 Agenda. Within this scope, there is particular focus on the UN Ocean Conference that will be held in Lisbon, on July 2020.

Portugal is committed in carrying out the mandate for which it was elected in accordance with its increased responsibilities regarding maritime affairs. With these objectives in mind, Portugal wishes to continue the promotion of the scientific knowledge of the oceans on a global scale, taking a multilateral, integrated, dialogue-based and constructive approach.

Lisbon, 3 July 2019

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