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International Conference
50 Years of Education and Awareness Raising
for Shaping the Future of the Oceans and Coasts

Sharing lessons learned and proposing long-term projections

2730 April 2010 in Saint Petersburg, Russia
Hotel Holiday Inn Saint-Petersburg — Moskovskiye vorota
Address: 97 Moskovskiy prospect lit. A



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The International Conference 50 Years of Education and Awareness Raising for Shaping the Future of the Oceans and Coasts

On the 27-30 of April in St. Petersburg the International Conference 50 Years of Education and Awareness Raising for Shaping the Future of the Oceans and Coasts dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO was held in the hotel Holiday Inn.

At the opening ceremony the welcoming speeches were delivered by:

chief specialist of the Committee of Science and Higher School, Tatiana Maslova, Advisor to the Governor of St. Petersburg, Executive Secretary of the Maritime Council of St. Petersburg, Tatiana Chekalova, head of the Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring, Vice-Chairman of the Interagency National Oceanographic Commission of Russia, co-chair a joint commission of the IOC UNESCO and WMO, Alexander Frolov, Assistant Director General and Executive Secretary IOC/UNESCO, Wendy Watson-Wright, Head of Department for Higher Education, Sonya Barry, the representative of the World Meteorological Organization, Jeff Wilson, executive secretary of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, Grigory Ordzhonikidze, rector of the Russian State Hydrometeorological University Lev Karlin.



Welcome words of the representatives of the Government of St Petersburg




Greetings of the IOC and UNESCO representatives





Welcome words of the Federal Service of Russia on Hydrometeorology and Monitoring of the Environment


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At the Conference panels such problems as educational technology and modern teaching methods in the development of national and regional capacity to support marine science and observations, present and future development of education and training, with emphasis on the role of science in sustainable development were discussed. They were touched upon issues of governance and funding, and participation of international organizations in developing and improving training in the field of environmental sciences were considered. Special attention was paid to the probable ways to inform people about anthropogenic catastrophes in order to prevent their effects.

The final resolution of the Conference contains important conclusions about the needs for urgent action to accelerate the development of marine and coastal research, as well as the call for better awareness of the need to protect Oceans and Coasts.

The conference organizers will present a resolution at the 43 session of the IOC Executive Council and at the official opening events on the 50th Anniversary of the IOC in the World Ocean Day, June 8, 2010 in Paris.

Information about the conference can be found by the following links (in Russian)

Program Latest News "channel "TV 100"

Izvestia Newspaper

The newspaper "Arguments and Facts"

According to the press service of RSHU on May 5, 2010

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