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World Ocean Assessment: Call for nomination of experts


Call for Nominations of Experts

World Ocean Assessment


The United Nations has embarked on a regular process for global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment, including socioeconomic aspects, hereafter called the World Ocean Assessment (WOA).  The projected completion date for the first WOA report is 2014.  Subsequent WOA reports will be generated on a five-year cycle, and – as designed – will make evident trends in the state of the marine environment.

The United Nations established a Group of Experts for scientific oversight of the first WOA report.  The Group of Experts has developed a comprehensive outline of the first WOA report, which includes more than fifty subjects grouped within four main themes: marine environment and understanding of the ocean’s role in the global integrated Earth system; food security and food safety; human activities that influence the ocean or are influenced by the ocean; and marine biological diversity.  A scientific and technical summary will integrate content to show linkages among the approximate fifty chapters in interdisciplinary subjects such as human impacts, ecosystem services, and habitats.

The Group of Experts will select from an international Pool of Experts, estimated to be 1000-2000 people, authors and reviewers of the first WOA report.  Criteria for members of the Pool of Experts include internationally recognized expertise relevant to a chapter of the WOA report and ability to serve in a voluntary and independent individual capacity. 

Persons interested in participating in the Pool of Experts are encouraged to apply.  The application form (a.k.a. the Personal History Form) is available at http://www.un.org/Depts/los/global_reporting/global_reporting.htm.  Completed application forms should be sent to Elizabeth Tirpak (tirpakej@state.gov) at the U.S. Department of State Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs. 

Although it is expected that the drafting and review efforts of the first WOA report will be conducted through electronic correspondence, there may be an occasion for a face-to-face meeting.  The U.S. Department of State and the United Nations, including their offices and divisions, have no funds to support the expenses of members of the Pool of Experts.  Thus, applicants are encouraged to consult with their supervisors or program managers on the potential need for related travel support.

This call for participants for the Pool of Experts will remain open until the Group of Experts decides to close the process.  The U.S. Department of State will transmit applications on 31 July and at the end of each successive month until the process is closed.

Please visit http://www.un.org/Depts/los/global_reporting/global_reporting.htm for additional information on the WOA outline, the WOA timeline, the Group of Experts, the Pool of Experts, and the evolution of the WOA.