Nha Trang hosts IOC/WESTPAC symposium

Posted at: TUEsday - 29/04/2014 13:18 - post name: Nguyễn Thị Thùy

Nha Trang hosts IOC/WESTPAC symposium

The ninth international scientific symposium of the International Oceanographic Commission’s Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (IOC/WESTPAC) has been organized in the central coastal city of Nha Trang under the theme “A Healthy Ocean for the Prosperity in the Western Pacific: Scientific Challenges and Possible Solutions”

The 22-25 April event, co-organised by the Institute of Oceanography, IOC Vietnam and the IOC/WESTPAC, was attended by Prof. Chau Van Minh, President of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Dr. Wason-Wright, IOC Executive Secretary cum Deputy General Director of the UNESCO; Mr. Tran Son Hai, Vice Chairman of the Khanh Hoa People’s Committee; and nearly 600 delegates from 20 countries and territories.

The symposium was aimed at offering marine scientists a platform to exchange research outcomes and experiences; review achievements in marine science; promote comprehensive cooperation to improve the effectiveness of scientific management, ensure stability and sustainable development, and adapt with the impacts of climate change. 

Addressing the opening ceremony, Mr. Tran Son Hai affirmed Khanh Hoa’s policy to support and participate in scientific activities, both in Vietnam and abroad, for the achievements of a healthy ocean, as featured in the theme of the symposium.

Apart from the opening ceremony, there was a plenary session and 14 workshops on different topics such as understanding of ocean progress in the West Pacific, bio-diversity and food security, food safety, the healthiness of the ocean. More than 500 reports were presented and showcased at the conference. Prof. Dr. Vo Si Tuan, Director of Institute of Oceanography cum IOC/WESTPAC Vice President and chief organiser of the symposium, said the meeting was aimed at establishing cooperation networks in oceanography and promoting the achievement of IOC objectives.

On the sideline of the conference, Mr. Tran Son Hai and Dr. Wendy-Wright had a working session to discuss the development of green economy, in harmony with the environment and society. Mr. Hai said Khanh Hoa province always pays due attention to developing marine economy while ensuring the protection of environment.

Both sides discussed IOC’s plan to set up international training centres and networks. Mr. Hai expressed his support for the building of an international training centre in Nha Trang, which he hoped to gather leading marine scientists.

IOC, part of the UNESCO, was established in 1960 with 142 member nations while its Sub-Commission IOC/WESTPAC was established in 1989.

The IOC/WESTPAC symposium is held once every 3-4 years.

Translated by DIC


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