New IOC Executive Secretary Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin

 Mr Vladimir Ryabinin (Russian Federation) has been appointed to the post of Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), at the level of Assistant Director-General (ADG).

Mr Ryabinin is the holder of a Senior Doctorate in Physical and Mathematical Sciences (Oceanography and Geophysics) from the Supreme Attestation Committee of the Russian Federation in Moscow, obtained in April 1995, and has professional certifications as an Engineer-Oceanographer from the Leningrad Hydrometeorological Institute (June 1978) and as a Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (equivalent to PhD, September 1982) with the Supreme Attestation Committee (USSR).

Mr Ryabinin began his professional career in July 1978 first as a Postgraduate with the Hydrometcentre of Russia (Moscow) conducting theoretical studies of the ocean circulation and variability. Later, as a Senior and Principal Researcher, he was involved in studies of the role of the ocean in climate under the USSR ocean research programme “Sections”. Mr Ryabinin was one of the creators of the first Soviet technology for numerical weather prediction for medium ranges (up to a week) implemented in the mid-1980s. From 1989-1993, he developed a spectral model for the prediction of wind waves on the ocean surface. From July 1996 to September 1998, Mr Ryabinin was the Head of the Laboratory for Marine Forecasting Research and Coordinator of national research on marine forecasting. During this period, he was one of the main developers of the Federal Program “World Ocean”.

In October 1998, Mr Ryabinin was appointed Principal Scientist with the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Insular Coastal Dynamics (ICoD) based in Malta where he was involved in two EU projects aimed at marine meteorological support for remote detection, prediction of drift and combat of oil spills in the Mediterranean Sea, a position held until December 2000. Mr Ryabinin subsequently joined, in January 2001, the International Ocean Institute (IOI) in Malta, initially as a Consultant, and later as its Executive Director.

Since November 2001, Mr Ryabinin is a Senior Scientific Officer (P-5 level) in the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and a staff member of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO, Geneva, Switzerland), where he is responsible for the international coordination of climate research with a focus on the polar regions and cryosphere, oceans, sea level, stratosphere, atmospheric chemistry and climate, and contribution of research into the creation of climate services.

Mr Ryabinin has authored and/or co-authored a monograph, several articles and publications, mostly in the domains of oceanography, meteorology and climate. He was a lecturer at the Moscow State University and has participated in several research and offshore engineering projects including the International Polar Year 2007-2008. More recently, he has been a lead author of the Global Environment Outlook (GEO5, 2012), Chapter on the Earth System challenges, and an expert/member/chair in a number of international working groups, committees and research councils.

 Mr Ryabinin will take up his duties on 1 March 2015



Irina Bokova highlights the critial role of ocean science for sustainable development


Irina Bokova highlights the critical role of ocean science for sustainable development



World Conference on Marine Biodiversity 2014

World Conference on Marine Biodiversity 2014

12-16 OCT,2014

Dear Researcher,

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to the World Conference on Marine Biodiversity 2014 ( to be held at Qingdao, China during the 12th and 16th of Oct. with the theme of 'Life in the Changing Ocean'.


WCMB-2014 will take the form of keynote lectures, oral presentations, posters and exhibitions. It will cover topics from recent breakthroughs in Marine Biodiversity. WCMB-2014 will continue to provide a platform for marine scientists to debate on the issues affecting the progress of this emerging field and identify the challenges and opportunities facing the development of marine biodiversity.


We have 6 themes & 12 special sessions:


Theme 1: Marine Biodiversity & Global change

Theme 2: Marine Ecosystem Structure & Function

Theme 3: Marine Ecosystem Safety

Theme 4: Marine Biological Observation

Theme 5: Marine Biological Resources

Theme 6: Deep sea Biodiversity

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UNESCO DG Message World Water Day



Message from Ms Irina Bokova, UNESCO DG on the Ocassion of the World Water Day, 22 March 2014




Water is fundamental to life and is the common denominator of all sustainable development challenges. We need water to produce food and we need water to produce energy. Improving access to freshwater is about enabling millions of girls to go to school instead of walking kilometres to fetch water. It is about improving maternal health, curbing child mortality and preserving the environment.


We need to better understand the complex interactions between resources that are closely interlinked, such as water, food and energy. And we must acknowledge that it is impossible to manage these resources sustainably if we treat them in isolation. Each mode of energy production has implications for the quantity and quality of water available. The choices made in one sector have repercussions on the other, for better and for worse. The World Water Development Report released today confirms, for example, that people who lack electricity are also those who lack water. This is no mere coincidence – water is required to produce energy, and energy is required to sanitize and convey water. Both are essential to human wellbeing and sustainable development.


Sustainability depends on our ability to understand all these connections and to develop more relevant policies that take an integrated approach to interconnected resources. The challenge is all the greater as the demand for water and energy is soaring, particularly in emerging economies, where agriculture, industry and cities are developing at a tremendous pace. We must find ways to ensure access to water and energy in sufficient quantity and quality, in a sustainable way.




Sustainability also requires better cooperation between all water stakeholders – policymakers, scientists and businesses, both public and private, who all too often

ignore each other while in reality they depend on each other. The International Year


of Water Cooperation in 2013 set important milestones. The initiative on sanitation


of Mr Jan Eliasson, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, also calls for greater


collective action for the better management of human waste and wastewater. Poor


sanitation has devastating consequences, particularly for children, and the key to


the problem includes energy.


There is enough water in the world for everyone. What we continue to lack is better


governance and the collective courage to craft fair compromise solutions. These


should be based on research results and reliable data. UNESCO will continue to


commit its resources to this cause, in particular through our International


Hydrological Programme, the Institute for Water Education in Delft, our centres and


Chairs specialized in water, and the data from the World Water Assessment


Programme, which are all ways of building capacity, carrying out research and


sharing good practices. Together, we can better integrate water and sanitation and


the link between water and energy as positive levers for sustainable development.




Irina Bokova