The first Governing Board meeting of regional center on Oceanography for West Asia was held with the participation of representatives of member countries in West Asia, including Pakistan, Iraq and Oman for two days at the Iranian National Institute for Oceanography and atmospheric Sciences on July 17th - 18th.
Regional Center on Oceanography for West Asia under the auspices of UNESCO, the first category II Oceanographic regional center, was primarily proposed by the Iranian National Institute for Oceanography and Atmospheric Science (INIOAS) at 2010 to UNESCO, with the aim of developing oceanographic research and education. This project was approved at the 37th UNESCO General Conference in November 2013. The agreement of the regional center was signed by the Minister of Science, Research and Technology of I.R. Iran and the Director-General of UNESCO in 2015.
The purpose of the establishment of the center is for a better scientific understanding of the processes associated with the seas and oceans in the region, in order to achieve Sustainable development and facilitating regional partnerships, exchange of experience and knowledge of oceanography as well as planning and implementation of educational programs and research activities.
At this meeting, the opening session was held with the presence and valuable speech of Dr. Vahid Ahmadi, the deputy minister of research and technology of Science, Research and Technology Ministry, Dr. Saadallah Nasiri Secretary-General, National Commission for UNESCO, and Dr. Iori Oliounine, UNESCO representative. Following the opening session the formal session was continued with the presence of the representatives of Pakistan, Iraq and Oman as well as UNESCO representatives. At this meeting the work plan of Oceanographic research and training activities as well as the rules of procedures were discussed.
Undoubtedly the establishment of the first regional center on oceanography for West Asia is not only a credit and significant act for Iran and regional states but also an important theme for Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), since it’s the only regional center on oceanography under the auspices of UNESCO.