Japan and the IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (IOC/WESTPAC)
The IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific was established in 1989, replacing the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific created in 1977. It has several clear objectives, such as the development of international training and research programmes in oceanography, technical assistance to developing countries, data dissemination, etc…
The research activities implemented by the IOC in the Asia-Pacific Region started in 1965 with the “Kuroshio” (a marine current) study project. Japan took an active part in the organization and financing of this first regional project which benefited by the collaboration of numerous Japanese university researchers. (The Kuroshio is still being studied within the framework of GOOS).
Since the creation of the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, Japan has been involved in the implementation of numerous regional projects. In 1981, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Sciences and Technology (MEXT) created the Japanese Trust Fund for the IOC/WESTPAC Programme which finances complementary training courses for scientists.
Copyright : 2013 Permanent Delegation of Japan to UNESCO