IOC Contribution to World Ocean Assessment and Other Ocean Assessment Processes (IPBES, TWAP)

The Assembly,

Having considered document IOC/INF-1331,

Requests the Executive Secretary to continue to provide technical and scientific support to the Regular Process in accordance with UNGA resolution 67/78, including in its follow-up phase, and to disseminate the results of the World Ocean Assessment to the IOC Member States as well as in relevant international fora;

Encourages the increased participation of IOC in the work of the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) through OBIS and other relevant IOC programmes;

Welcomes the leading role of IOC in the conduct of the GEF Transboundary Water Assessment Programme—TWAP (Marine components);

Expresses its appreciation to the GEF, the European Commission, Governments of France, Norway, and Flanders (Belgium) for supporting IOC activities related to WOA and TWAP;

Encourages the Commission to continue to support the scientific assessments of the ocean as a mean to improve the science-policy interface;

Takes note of the preliminary information provided by the Secretariat regarding TWAP; and further takes note that the assessment will be ready in September 2015.