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WOC and U.N. World Meteorological Organization Sign MOU

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WOC and U.N. World Meteorological Organization Sign MOU

WMO – the World’s Global Weather and Climate Organization – Partners with WOC on Engaging Ocean Industries in Meteorological and Oceanographic Data Collection

20 June 2019 – The World Ocean Council (WOC) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have signed an MOU on “Long-term cooperation in support of marine meteorological and oceanographic observations and services”.

The partnership agreement provides a commitment and framework for the two bodies to collaborate and coordinate in advancing the role of ocean industries in collecting and sharing ocean, weather and climate data.

The WOC’s “SMART Ocean-SMART Industries” program is working to scale up a more systematic and strategic involvement of leadership companies in collecting such data by hosting or deploying instrumentation from vessels or fixed infrastructure.

The WMO is the United Nations system’s authoritative voice on the state and behaviour of the Earth’s atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, the climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources.

Fernando Belda, Director of Observing and Information Systems Department at the WMO, said, “This agreement recognises the leadership role that the World Ocean Council plays in engaging the diverse global ocean business community in sustainable development and science. In accordance with its Strategic Plan 2020-2023, the WMO looks to the WOC to coordinate and advance the critical need and opportunity for ocean industries to collect and share data in ocean areas in support of protection of life and property at sea, marine meteorological services to maritime industry, climate services and Earth System Prediction.”

Paul Holthus, Founding President and CEO of the WOC, added, “The WOC is honoured to partner with the WMO on this shared mission of improving understanding of ocean, weather and climate. We are working to achieve this by increasing the number of leadership companies participating in the WOC SMART Ocean-SMART Industries program, which is a way for companies to directly implement Sustainable Development Goal 14.a ‘Increase scientific knowledge’.”

The MOU with WMO complements the Partnership Agreement signed between WOC and the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) in 2017. In addition, the WOC is an accredited Observer with the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and has signed an MOU with the “Seabed 2030” initiative. The WOC is increasingly recognized by, or an accredited observer to, international organizations, e.g. Group on Earth Observations, International Whaling Commission, International Seabed Authority.



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Recent and Upcoming WOC Outreach and Engagement

20 June, PARIS
Blue Tourism Forum (Participant)

25-26 June, TUNIS
Africa Blue Economy Forum (Strategic Partner, Session Organizer)

26-27 June, MONACO
Monaco Transition Forum (Partner, Session Chair)

26 June, PARIS
French High Seas Multi-Stakeholder Consultative Group (Participant)

28 June, PARIS
Observatory on Defense and Climate Change, French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (Participant)

1st Meeting G7 ++ Group of Friends of the Gulf of Guinea (Participant)

9-10 July, PARIS
Paris Europlace International Financial Forum: “New Frontiers in Finance”(Participant)


World Ocean Council (WOC) – The Global Blue Economy Business Organization

The WOC is the international, cross-sectoral alliance for private sector leadership, collaboration and action on ocean sustainability, stewardship and science. Companies from a range of industries worldwide are distinguishing themselves as leaders in “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”, including: shipping, oil and gas, tourism, fisheries, aquaculture, mining, renewable energy, ocean technology and investment.

WOC Members are listed here, a part of the WOC Network of 35,000+ ocean industry stakeholders around the world. The WOC is a registered not-for-profit organization in the US, UK and France.

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