Vladimir Ryabinin has been Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) since March 2015. Headquartered in Paris, UNESCO's IOC is the United Nations body charged with promoting international cooperation and coordinating programmes in marine research, services, policy and capacity development. Its mission is to ensure that governments and key stakeholders are informed by the best available science to conserve the ocean and sustainably manage its resources.
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