IOC Assembly buildingThe UK Delegation participates at the Biennial Assembly and Annual Executive Council, which are held during June/July at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.  When necessary they are accompanied by specialist experts from government and/or the UK marine community, ensuring that the UK has the relevant expertise present.

The purpose of the IOC Assembly is to review the work of the commission, including the work of the member states and the secretariat, and formulate a common work plan for the coming two years. The IOC Executive Council is responsible for reviewing issues and items from on-going work plans, and making preparations for the Assemblies.

Prior to the annual meetings, the UK Delegation organises a meeting with the key government partners to discuss agenda items and UK messaging.

The UK Delegation also participate in an annual meeting hosted by the Chair of Regional Group 1 to allow an opportunity for Group 1 Member States to discuss upcoming Assembly and/or Executive Council agenda items and any other business of particular relevance.