At the 51st session of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Executive Council (3-6 July 2018, Paris), IOC Member States and partners expressed high support for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.
The Council agreed to establish an Executive Planning Group (EPG) as one of the core mechanisms for drafting the Decade Implementation Plan and to deliver the activities foreseen in the preparatory phase (2018-2020). As defined in its terms of reference, the EPG will be an expert group composed of 16 to 20 members, serving in their personal capacity.
Experts will be selected through a comprehensive and transparent selection process led by the IOC elected Officers (representing the 5 IOC regional geographical groups) who will identify the best candidates with due consideration to gender, age, regional balance, and expertise/experience.
The Secretariat will accept:
- Self-nominations from individual experts;
- Expert nominations submitted by national coordination mechanisms of IOC/UNESCO/other UN bodies;
- Expert nominations from relevant UN bodies, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and other institutional stakeholders.
Nominations should be sent to the IOC Secretariat (email@example.com) by the deadline of 5 September 2018 (Midnight ECT).
The Call for nominations and the related nomination form, as well as details of the selection process, can be found on the UN Decade website. The nomination form contains the contact details and relevant information for the submission.