2020 INTERNATIONAL GEOSCIENCE AND GEOPARKS PROGRAMME COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS
UNESCO is the only United Nations organization with a mandate to support research and capacity building in geology and geophysics, and the International Geoscience and Geoparks Programme (IGGP) is our flagship with its two pillars. The International Geoscience and Geoparks Programme (IGGP) shall be implemented through two activities: the International Geoscience Programme, a co-operative venture with the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), and the UNESCO Global Geoparks. They shall coordinate their work through a shared UNESCO Secretariat and joint coordination meetings of their respective Bureaux, convene as necessary. The chairpersons of the two respective Councils co-chair the IGGP
Appointment of three new members to the IGCP Council
According to the Statutes of the International Geoscience and Geopark Programme (IGGP) and the Operational Guidelines for the International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) approved by the 38th General Conference, the IGCP Council shall be composed of six ordinary members, appointed by mutual agreement by the Director-General of UNESCO and the President of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS). Initial six members of the Council were appointed by the Director-General of UNESCO in December 2016 indicating those whose initial term shall expire after two years. To renew the membership of the three Council members in 2020 on the January 2020, the IGCP Secretariat opened an open call using the channels of the IUGS, the IGCP National Committees and the UNESCO National Commissions to reach potential new members. The IGCP Council members shall be high-level experts actively engaged in scientific research related to the objectives of the IGCP.
By the May 2020 deadline, the IGCP Secretariat had received 65 eligible applications from 38 UNESCO Member states of which 18 were from women (from 16 member states).
Keeping in mind the priority gender in UNESCO and ensuring a good geographical distribution of the Council members, while making sure we still have highly qualified members, below listed scientists are nominated by UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay for the new IGCP Council and they will start their activities in November 2020.
- Mr Jonathan Craig (United Kingdom and Northern Ireland): Earth resources
- Ms Hassina Mouri (South Africa): Geodynamics
- Mr Mohammed Jalludin (Djibouti): Hydrogeology
UNESCO and IUGS would like to thank Ms Brigitte Vlaswinkel (Netherlands), Ms Nellie Mutemeri (Zimbabwe) and Mr Yongje Kim (Republic of Korea) whose mandate will end in November 2020 for their efforts to promote and support as outgoing IGCP council members since their initial appointments in December 2016.
Appointment of six new members to the UNESCO Global Geoparks Council
According to the Statutes of the International Geoscience and Geoparks Programme (IGGP) and Operational Guidelines for UNESCO Global Geoparks approved by the 38th General Conference, the UNESCO Global Geoparks Council are composed of 12 ordinary members appointed by the Director-General of UNESCO on recommendation of the Global Geoparks Network (GGN) and of Member States. Every two years, half of the membership of the Council shall be renewed.
From 7 February 2020 to 15 April 2020, the Secretariat of the UNESCO Global Geoparks opened a call to renew six UNESCO Global Geoparks Council members by informing UNESCO Member States and Observers, as well as the GGN. This call and all relevant documents were also available on the UNESCO website and on the website of the GGN. Twenty-four candidates nominated by Member States and the Global Geoparks Network responded to the call.
After reviewing all 13 eligible candidates, keeping in mind the priority gender in UNESCO and ensuring a good geographical distribution of the Council members, while making sure we still have highly qualified members, below listed experts were nominated by UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay for the new UNESCO Global Geoparks Council and they will start their activities in September 2020.
- Mr Guy Martini (France)
- Ms Marie-Luise Frey (Germany)
- Mr Van Tran Tan (Viet Nam)
- Ms Helga Chulepin (Uruguay)
- Mr Alexandru Andrasanu (Romania)
- Ms Gabriela Schneider (Namibia)
UNESCO acknowledges with great thanks the efforts of the outgoing Council members Ms Kirstin Lemon (Ireland), Ms Melanie Border (United Kingdom), Ms Kirstin Rangnes( Norway) and Mr Mahito Watanabe (Japan) to promote and support UNESCO Global Geoparks since their initial appointments in 2016.