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UNESCO joins The Economist and the Nippon Foundation at new Advisory Board of Back to Blue Initiative

Date: 13 September 2022

Back to Blue, an initiative of Economist Impact and The Nippon Foundation, brings together two organisations that share a common understanding of the need for evidence-based approaches to improving ocean health.

UNESCO has joined Back to Blue’s inaugural Advisory Board, represented by Vladimir Ryabinin, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO and Executive Secretary of its Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO).

The advisory board is designed to provide guidance on the strategic direction and development of Back to Blue. This will include guidance on future priorities and, in particular, on how the work of the initiative can best develop programmes with impacts that are both actionable and measurable.

The board will be co-chaired by Mitsuyuki Unno, Executive Director, The Nippon Foundation and Charles Goddard, Editorial Director of Global Initiatives, Economist Impact.

Beyond the IOC-UNESCO Executive Secretary, the Board’s inaugural membership includes:

  • Ann Dierckx, Director of Sustainability, CEFIC (The European Chemical Industry Council)
  • Naoko Ishii, Director, Centre for the Global Commons, University of Tokyo
  • Pascal Lamy, President, Paris Peace Forum
  • Kilaparti (Rama) Ramakrishna, Senior Advisor on Ocean and Climate Policy, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
  • Elsie Sunderland, Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Harvard University

Discover more about Back to Blue and the inaugural Advisory Board.


About the IOC-UNESCO:

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) promotes international cooperation in marine sciences to improve management of the ocean, coasts and marine resources. The IOC enables its 150 Member States to work together by coordinating programmes in capacity development, ocean observations and services, ocean science and tsunami warning. The work of the IOC contributes to the mission of UNESCO to promote the advancement of science and its applications to develop knowledge and capacity, key to economic and social progress, the basis of peace and sustainable development.