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UNESCO - Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)



The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Comission (IOC) promotes international cooperation and coordinates programmes in research, sustainable development, protection of the marine environment, capacity-building for improved management, and decision-making. It assists developing countries in strengthening their institutions to obtain self-driven sustainability in marine sciences.

The IOC facilitates interagency coordination through the UN-Oceans mechanism and works with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in establishing a process for global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment.

Through the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), the IOC helps improve operational oceanography, weather and climate forecasts and monitoring and supports the sustained observing needs of the UNFCCC

Action pledges 

Sea level rise and extremes monitoring and prediction through the Global Ocean Observing System


Adaptation to Climate Change in the Coastal Zones of West Africa (ACCC)

Further information
Regional focus
Adaptation delivery activity
NWP work area
Climate hazards
Operational scale

Organizations, institutions and private sector companies at all levels and in a wide range of sectors can become engaged with the NWP by becoming a partner and making Action Pledges. Information about how organizations can become engaged with work on adaptation under the NWP can be found here.