The Pool of Experts

Hundreds of experts are required to support the preparation of the assessments conducted under the Regular Process and contribute as members of writing teams in this regard. The experts represent diverse disciplines and geographical regions. Over 780 experts from around the world contributed to the preparation of the second World Ocean Assessment. The preparation of assessment(s) of the state of the marine environment, including socioeconomic aspects, during the third cycle of the Regular Process will also require a large Pool of Experts.

In its resolution 75/239, the General Assembly requested the Bureau of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole on the Regular Process to review and update the mechanism to establish the Pool of Experts for the third cycle of the Regular Process, and to provide oversight of the establishment of the Pool of Experts, including by inviting individuals who served in the Pool of Experts during the second cycle of the Regular Process to indicate to the secretariat of the Regular Process whether they would be interested in serving in the Pool of Experts for the third cycle and beyond.

See the updated Mechanism for the establishment of the Pool of Experts for the third cycle of the Regular Process.

Invitation to experts from the Pool of Experts for the second cycle

The secretariat of the Regular Process invites members of the Pool of Experts who served during the second cycle of the Regular Process to indicate to the secretariat whether they would be interested in serving in the Pool of Experts for the third cycle and beyond. For reference purposes, an excel file of the list of Pool of Experts from the second cycle has been made available and can be retrieved here.

Call for Appointment of additional experts to the Pool of Experts

Following the identification of expertise needed for the assessments(s) of the third cycle of the Regular Process, to be completed in the course of 2022, States will also be encouraged to appoint additional experts, including through their designated National Focal Points. Intergovernmental organizations, the funds, bodies and programmes of the United Nations and the secretariats of relevant conventions and intergovernmental processes will also be invited to recommend experts for nomination to the Pool of Experts.

Recommendations for nomination can be submitted by:

  • States (if they are not the State of nationality of the expert).
  • Intergovernmental organizations, the funds, bodies and programmes of the United Nations and the secretariats of relevant global and regional conventions and intergovernmental processes.
  • Non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
  • Members of the Group of Experts.
  • Interested individuals with expertise needed for the assessments(s) of the third cycle, including scientists and holders of traditional, indigenous, and local knowledge.

For further details, see the Mechanism for the establishment of the Pool of Experts for the third cycle of the Regular Process.