This month the IMarEST was represented by senior technical advisor, Dr Natalia Martini, at two high level UN meetings.
Firstly, the Executive Council of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, where topics for discussion included the future work of the IOC, tsunami warning systems and response, the International Indian Ocean Expedition-II and the IOC contribution to an international instrument under UNCLOS on conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction, amongst other topics. Additionally, the meeting incorporated a celebration of World Oceans Day (June 8th) with an inspirational set of talks moderated by IOC vice-chair and IMarEST fellow, Stephen Hall.
Dr Martini also attended the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea at the UN headquarters in New York. This was the seventeenth meeting and focused on marine debris, plastics and microplastics, an issue very much at the forefront of both technical discussion and public interest.