On 19 February 2019, UNU will host “Oceanography, Climate Science, and Sustainable Development”, a conversation with Dr Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and Assistant Director-General of UNESCO. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. on 19 February 2019 at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.
The ocean is a critical part of our climate system. Predicting how the ocean will evolve over time and what the impact of these changes will be on our environment are some of the most complex scientific and technological challenges facing humanity today. However, humanity’s most difficult and urgent challenge is neither scientific nor technical in nature, but has to do with human behavior. Environmental scientists are calling for urgent action and significant change in human behavior, as well as technological innovation, to avoid the worst effects of climate change. Efforts must be redoubled globally to increase ocean and climate literacy across societies as a first step to achieving greater transparency in decision-making on matters affecting our planet.
Dr Ryabinin will join Dr David Passarelli, UNU Executive Officer, for a conversation on the societal changes needed to ensure more informed and responsible decisions are made in the management of our natural resources.
The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.
Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 18 February) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.
Dr Vladimir Ryabinin has been the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and Assistant Director-General of UNESCO since 2015. He is an oceanographer, climatologist, marine engineer, and emeritus meteorologist of the Russian Federation.
Previously, he was an Executive Director at the International Ocean Institute and also worked at the World Meteorological Organization where he coordinated international climate research with a focus on the polar regions, cryosphere, and atmospheric chemistry.
Dr Ryabinin is the holder of a Senior Doctorate in Physical and Mathematical Sciences (Oceanography and Geophysics) from the Supreme Attestation Committee of the Russian Federation. He has professional certifications as a Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (equivalent to PhD) with the Supreme Attestation Committee (USSR) and also as an Engineer-Oceanographer from the Leningrad Hydrometeorological Institute.
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