Welcome to the Gateway of Society and Culture of the IOC
Herein you will find information about the Indian Ocean Commission's endeavours to support by a strong regional identity the acceleration of the integration of its member states. The islands of the IOC share a similar history and population, as well as common interests which respond to the changing environment. Through its regional cooperation projects, IOC forges strong bonds of closeness and solidarity among its member states. Their representatives, experts and technicians have come to better know and appreciate, working together, exchanging information and sharing experiences. But this sense of common destiny island it is still limited within populations, who often feel isolated and remote from each other.
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Aware of this reality, the Indian Ocean Commission had, in its new strategic directions taken in 2005, reiterated its commitment to helping its Member States to improve the fight against climate change. This concern has resulted in various actions including the implementation in 2008 of a draft regional adaptation to climate change (Acclimate). This project improves the understanding of regional climate changes and identified vulnerabilities to climate change impacts. In 2012, it led to the definition of a regional adaptation strategy whose implementation should strengthen the resilience of the IOC countries. Finally, it contributes to information sharing and dissemination of knowledge using a specialized site: www.acclimate-oi.net.
IOC organized from 17 to 19 October 2012 the first forum in Madagascar Indian Ocean female entrepreneurship, on the theme of food security.
5 years after its creation in Tamatave, the platform undertake to female Indian Ocean (EFOI) was once again in the Big Island to launch at Hotel Carlton Antananarivo first forum Indian Ocean female entrepreneurship in the aegis of Mr. Pierrot Rajaonarivelo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Madagascar.
This forum, organized in collaboration with EFOIMADA, with funding from the African Development Bank and the European Union, is expected to become the essential annual event for women entrepreneurs in the region.
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Develop a regional cultural strategy
If cultural cooperation still essentially boils down to supporting activities of audiovisual cooperation through ARTOI and the magazine ILE-OI (11 magazines distributed up to date), with resources allocated by the French Cooperation, she should see a momentum in the coming months, with the development of policy and a regional cultural strategy, with the support of UNESCO. Two international experts, based in Dar es Salaam (UNESCO) and Reunion (University of Reunion) will guide the consultative and participatory process, supported by national consultants from the five member countries, recruited by UNESCO in cooperation with the Secretariat General of the IOC. This team will work in October 2011 to January 2012 for the development of regional cultural strategy, under the auspices of the IOC, which will be validated at a regional workshop planned for early 2012.