Head | Marine Policy & Regional Coordination
UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
Julian Barbière is head of Marine Policy and Regional Coordination Section at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO. Educated as an environmental scientist, he has approximately 20 years of experience at the international level in the field of ocean sustainability, ocean governance and the implementation of ecosystem-based management approaches at various geographical locations.
He is the lead person responsible for Sustainable Development and Ocean at the IOC Secretariat, and is known in the UN and outside of UN for his contribution to ocean ecosystem management. Working at the interface of science and policy, he has led a number of UN initiatives, such as the Assessment of Assessments (Pre-conception phase of the UN Regular Process -2006-2009 together with UNEP), the overall coordination of the inter-agency publication: Blueprint for Ocean Sustainability, in preparation to Rio+20 (2012, with FAO, IMO, and UNDP), the development of international guidelines on Marine Spatial Planning, the development of the Agenda 2030 and its related Sustainable Development Goal 14.
He is currently implementing the overall SDG 14 strategy for the IOC and was instrumental in the proclamation of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development at the end of 2017.