The Second Session of the IOC Group of Experts on Capacity Development (GE-CD) was held online on 26 October 2020. The meeting discussed, among other things, the preliminary results of the Capacity Development Needs Assessment survey, the contribution of IOC to the Capacity Development chapter of the Ocean Decade, and agreed on extending the current CD strategy to 2023.
The Expert Group examined the preliminary results of the second Capacity Development Needs Assessment survey, which was launched on 1 September 2020 and will remain open until 1 February 2021. It was noted that, as of 12 October 2020, 874 responses were received, representing 87 IOC Member States from the Developing Countries. However, it was agreed that more efforts are needed to reach out to countries. The Group requested its Members as well as IOC CD focal points and IOC regional offices to promote OceanExpert within their country, region and other community to obtain better coverage of the survey and instructed the Secretariat to send reminders to Member State contacts that have not responded to the survey yet.
The Group also noted that the upcoming UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030, “Ocean Decade” for short) should bring to light the already existing capacity development initiatives – including those carried out by the IOC – and benefit from them at the same time, by incorporating the Ocean Decade Outcomes and Challenges into graduate and undergraduate courses.
As the current IOC CD strategy was developed for the period 2015-2021 and will “expire” in December 2021, the Group also recommended that the end date of the current strategy should be extended to the end of 2023. In addition, the Group decided to establish the “GE-CD Task Team related to the revision of the IOC CD strategy (2015-2021)” and to submit its report for consideration by the 31st Session of the IOC Assembly (2021). The Group instructed the new Task Team, when established, to start its work as from 15 November 2020 and to submit its work to the co-Chairs of the GE-CD not later than 1 March 2021 for its approval and subsequent submission to the 31st Session of the IOC Assembly.
Among other things, the Group also decided to:
- Re-elect Mr Ariel Troisi and Mr Alan Evans as co-Chairs of the IOC Group of Experts on Capacity Development;
- Abolish the Inter-sessional Task Team on the implementation of a TMT/CHM portal - as it was reported that all required actions had been completed during the inter-sessional period - and requested the Ocean InfoHub project to regularly report to the GE-CD on its work plans, activities and results.
- Continue the Inter-sessional Task Team on CD requirements but with revised terms of reference, taking into account the instruction by IODE-XXX to “repeat the CD survey at regular intervals (biannually)”. The revised terms of reference of the Task Team will be defined via online consultations by December 2020.
The meeting was attended by 63 participants including members of the IOC Group of Experts on Capacity Development, IOC CD national focal points, invited experts and members of the IOC Secretariat.
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