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United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)

Executive Planning Group


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The Executive Planning Group (EPG) is an expert group composed of 16 to 20 members who will serve as an advisory body to the IOC governing bodies to support the development of the Implementation Plan as well as the preparatory activities of the Decade.

They were nominated through an open call for nominations and serve in their personal capacity.

The EPG will meet at least twice during its term, once during each of the IOC intersessional periods 2018–19 and 2019–20. The summaries of these meetings will be made available on the Decade website. The first meeting is scheduled between 17 and 19 December 2018 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.

The IOC Secretariat will provide administrative, technical and editorial support as required by the Planning Group. Each year, starting in 2019, the EPG will submit a report of its activities to the IOC governing bodies, the United Nations General Assembly, as well as to UN-Oceans.

The EPG and its membership is appointed for the duration of the work with the Implementation Plan and is not anticipated to be active beyond 2020, after the presentation of the Implementation Plan to the United Nations General Assembly for consideration during its 75th session.

  • Francisco A. Arias-Isaza

    Francisco A. Arias-Isaza

    Director General, Institute for Marine and Coastal Research, Colombia

  • Elva Escobar Briones

    Elva Escobar Briones

    Institute of Marine Sciences and Limnology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, Mexico

  • Karen Evans

    Karen Evans

    Senior Research Scientist, Oceans and Atmosphere, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia

  • Kristina Gjerde

    Kristina Gjerde

    Senior High Seas Advisor, Global Marine and Polar Programme, IUCN

  • Anna Jöborn

    Anna Jöborn

    Director, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, Science Affairs Department, Sweden

  • Suzan Kholeif

    Suzan Kholeif

    President, National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Egypt

  • Jens Krüger

    Jens Krüger

    Manager, Ocean Affairs, Pacific Community, Fiji

  • Youn-Ho Lee

    Youn-Ho Lee

    Professor/Principal Research Scientist, Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, Republic of Korea

  • Margaret Leinen

    Margaret Leinen

    Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography/Vice Chancellor, University of California-San Diego, United States

  • Atmanand Malayath

    Atmanand Malayath

    Director, National Institute of Ocean Technology, India/Chair, IOCINDIO (UNESCO)

  • Craig McLean

    Craig McLean

    Assistant Administrator, National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, United States

  • Linwood Pendleton

    Linwood Pendleton

    Global Ocean Lead Scientist, World Wide Fund for Nature/International Chair of Excellence, European Institute for Marine Studies, Brest, France

  • Fangli Qiao

    Fangli Qiao

    First Institute of Oceanography, Ministry of Natural Resources, People's Republic of China

  • Ricardo Serrão Santos

    Ricardo Serrão Santos

    Member of the European Parliament, Portugal

  • Sergey Shapovalov

    Sergey Shapovalov

    Head, Center for Coordination of Ocean Research, Russian Federation

  • Dismore Gilbert Siko

    Dismore Gilbert Siko

    Director, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa

  • Mitsuo Uematsu

    Mitsuo Uematsu

    Emeritus Professor, University of Tokyo, Japan

  • Martin Visbeck

    Martin Visbeck

    Head, Research Unit “Physical Oceanography”, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel University, Germany

  • Christa von Hillebrandt-Andrade

    Christa von Hillebrandt-Andrade

    Manager, NOAA National Weather Service Caribbean Tsunami Warning Program, Puerto Rico