IHO Assembly

22 Feb 2017

Reigning monarch Prince Albert II, who will formally open the International Hydrographic Organization’s general Assembly

Reigning monarch Prince Albert II, who will formally open the International Hydrographic Organization’s general Assembly in Monaco in April

The inter-governmental International Hydrographic Organization in Monaco is to hold its next general assembly at the local Auditorium Rainer III from 24-28 April.

Over 300 delegates from 86 Member States are expected to
attend together with observer representatives of other non-member states,
international and non-governemental institutions, and industry.  Convened every three years, the event will be
formally opened by Prince Albert II, reigning head of state.

Against a background where less than 15% of deeper ocean
waters have been directly measured and up to 50% of the world’s coastal waters
have yet to be surveyed, proceedings will cover a wide range of topical issues
affecting nautical charting and navigational considerations.  Also to be covered will be detailed reviews
of the IHO’s  current and future
Inter-Regional Coordination Programmes involving key policy initiatives;  these include capacity building ventures for
assessing surveying, nautical charting and information status for those nations
and regions where hydrographic know-how and expertise is still being
developed. 

Support activities will include a major exhibition of
hydrographic and geospatial information systems under the theme “From Data
Collection to Hydrographic  Products
& Services”.   The assembly concludes
on the final day with election of a new governing body comprising a
Secretary-General and two directors.  
Nominated candidates standing for election are from Bangladesh, Brazil,
Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, South Africa, and Turkey.

By David Goodfellow

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