Manado, North Sulawesi (ANTARA News) – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) has pledged its support for the World Ocean Conference (WOC) to be held in Manado from May 11 to 15, 2009 as part of the efforts to deal with global warming problems.
“Several member states of Unesco have expressed their readiness to participate in WOC in Manado, as their response to the threat of environmental and marine degradation,” North Sulawesi Governor Sarundajang told the press here on Friday.
Sarundajang had attended the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Forum, the 41st Session of the Unesco Executive Council, in Paris, from June 24 to July 1, 2008.
Some 50 countries attending the Unesco Forum expressed their support to the Indonesian government`s initiative to organize WOC because they considered that marine environmental preservation was crucial for the whole world, he said.
The governor and Indonesian Ambassador to Unesco Prof. Dr Aman Wirakartakusumah had been asked to make presentations on the planned WOC at the UNESCO meeting.
They also held a meeting with Unesco`s Deputy Director of the World heritage Center Kishore Rao to report on what North Sulawesi had done to prepare its Bunaken Marine Park as a world Marine mega Bio-Diversity site. (*)