No dia 13 de Novembro, Alan Simcock estará na Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa para uma palestra com o título "Science, society and the future of the ocean" (Ciência, sociedade e o futuro do oceano).
Alan Simcock é co-coordenador do painel de peritos na avaliação global integrada dos oceanos, das Nações Unidas, desde 2009. Desempenhou também as funções de Presidente e Secretário Executivo da Comissão OSPAR, uma convenção marinha regional que tem como objetivo proteger o Meio Marinho do Atlântico Nordeste, da qual Portugal faz parte.
A conferência é promovida pela Embaixada Britânica e organizada pela SPECO em parceria com a Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa e o MARE - Centro de Ciências do Mar e do Ambiente.
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Nota biográfica (em inglês):
Alan Simcock has been (as an unpaid volunteer) Joint Coordinator of the United Nations’ Group of Experts for World Ocean Assessment since 2009.
From March 2001, until his retirement in 2006, he was Executive Secretary (Chief Executive) of the OSPAR Commission, which brings together 15 western European States and the European Union for the protection of the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic.
Before moving to OSPAR, he was for 35 years a civil servant in the United Kingdom (UK) Department of the Environment and its predecessor and successor departments.
Alan Simcock was born in Plymouth, Devon, in 1943. He was educated at Plymouth College and at the University of Oxford, where he was an Open Scholar of Exeter College. He graduated in 1965 with First Class Honours in Literae Humaniores ("Greats"). He joined the Civil Service in 1965.
He served as Private Secretary to the Prime Minister (Mr Wilson and, subsequently, Mr Heath, as they then were) from 1969 to 1972. He spent most of the 1970s working on Government supervision of the railways, including a period of secondment to the British Railways Board, as the first civil servant to be so seconded since nationalisation in 1947.
After promotion to Head of Division in 1979, he managed the New Towns programme (dealing with the creation of 21 new towns in England), dealt with the reorganisation of waste disposal in the major English cities, revised much of the general legislation on English local government, and developed the first statutory National Code of Local Government Conduct.
In 1991, he was asked to set up a new division to coordinate UK Government action on the marine environment. From 1991 to 1995 he also dealt with freshwater resources, and from 1996 to 2001 with contaminated-land issues. He led the United Kingdom delegation to the 1992 Dublin Water Conference, and helped to draft the chapters of Agenda 21 on Oceans and All Seas (chapter 17) and Freshwater (chapter 18) for the 1992 UN Conference on the Environment and Development (the Rio de Janeiro “Earth Summit”). He was one of the two rapporteurs for the 1995 UNEP conference in Washington DC which adopted the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment against Land-Based Activities. He chaired European Union coordination on water and oceans issues for UK, Austrian, Luxembourg and Portuguese presidencies, and acted as EU spokesman on freshwater at the 1998 UN Commission on Sustainable Development.
From 1996 to 2000, he was also chairman of the OSPAR Commission for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North East Atlantic (during which period he helped a Ministerial Meeting reach agreements on strategies on hazardous substances, radioactive substances, eutrophication and biodiversity and ecosystems and the adoption of the new Annex on the Protection of Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystems).
In 1999, he chaired the review of oceans issues by the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, which resulted in the recommendation to set up a global consultative process on the oceans. When the UN General Assembly accepted that recommendation, he was appointed by the President of the UN General Assembly, together with the Samoan Ambassador to the United Nations, as co-chairperson of the first meeting of the process in 2000. He was re-appointed to this post for 2001 and 2002 by successive Presidents of the General Assembly.