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Alan Evans

Head of the International and Strategic Partnerships Office at the NOC

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Alan Evans is the Alternate Head of the UK Delegation to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO), which was established in 1960 as the only competent organisation for marine science within the UN system.

Alan has been a UK Delegate at the IOC-UNESCO since 2015 and became the Alternate Head in 2017. In this role he engages with the UK Government, the UK marine science community and the UK National Commission for UNESCO. As the point person for engaging with the IOC Secretariat Alan promotes UK marine science expertise and capabilities, sharing UK best practice in contributing to global initiatives to sustainably manage the worlds ocean.

With well over twenty years’ experience in marine scientific research, he is a keen advocate of applying scientific evidence to the process of policy development. Throughout his career Alan has focussed on either applying policy, in particular Parts of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) or influencing its drafting at national and international levels.

Alan is an advocate for collaborating with international partners, in particular at the IOC-UNESCO, which is a key forum for bringing together an international community of marine science champions to develop global marine programmes that stimulate the science we need for the future we want.

#Institution

National Oceanography Centre, UK
Head, International and Strategic Partnerships

SINCE 2015

#Alma-Matter

University of Bangor
BSc.

1999 – BANGOR, WALES

#Role at UNESCO

Alternate Head of the UK Delegation to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

QUOTE

“It is only by working together that we (the global marine science community) can address the big societal challenges the world faces, in particular those driven by climate change.”

Alan Evans, Speaking of the essential role that the IOC-UNESCO plays in ocean protection.

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ROLE AT UNESCO

Alan Evans is the Alternate Head of the UK Delegation to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO).

Institutions

National Oceanographic Centre
Head of the International and Strategic Partnerships Office (ISPO) and a Marine Science Policy Adviser

SINCE 2015

European Marine Board
Natural Environment Research Council(NERC)-UKRI Representative and Vice-Chair

SINCE 2014

University of Bangor
BSc Geological Oceanography

1999

Role at UNESCO

Alternate Head of the UK Delegation to the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)

SINCE 2017

COMMISSION

IOC – Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

ESTABLISHED 1960 – PARIS, FRANCE

IOC is a body with functional autonomy within UNESCO that promotes international cooperation and coordinates programmes in marine research, services, observation systems, hazard mitigation and capacity development in order to better manage the nature and resources of the ocean and coastal areas.

Publications

SELECTED PUBLISHED WORK

Read some of Alan’s published work on our website, as well as other material, news and articles

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QUOTE

“The IOC-UNESCO plays a pivotal role in bringing together an international community of marine science champions to develop global marine programmes, stimulating the science we need, for the future we want.”

Alan Evans, On the role of the IOC

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