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1st Session of the Assembly of the International Hydrographic Organization

Kathedrale_monaco.jpgCathedral of Monaco. Wikimedia Commons photo by Berthold Werner.
Auditorium Rainier III, Principality of Monaco 

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The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) is the inter-governmental consultative and technical organization whose principal aim is to ensure that all the world's seas, oceans and navigable waters are adequately surveyed and charted.

The Organization, based in the Principality of Monaco since 1921, provides the international standards for hydrography and nautical charting as well as ensures co-operation between countries in support of navigation safety at sea and the sustainable development of their maritime environment.

The IHO will enter its second century under a revised governance structure, with the 1st Session of the IHO Assembly taking place from April 24-28, 2017. Over 300 delegates representing its 85 Member States, together with representatives from international and non–governmental organizations and observers from other States and industry will meet in the Auditorium Rainier III in Monaco.

It is expected that HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco will open the IHO Assembly on April 24, 2017. The Assembly will consider a report of the progress made by the Organization in the development of technical standards and services since the last ordinary session of the International Hydrographic Conference (the predecessor of the Assembly) in 2012.

Technology Exhibitions
State-of-the-art technology in hydrographic systems and geospatial information will be on display in an Industry Exhibition in the Auditorium Rainier III, together with innovative products and services being displayed by Member States at the IHO Member States’ Exhibition under the theme: “From data collection to hydrographic products and services”.

Visiting Ships
Six visiting ships from Brazil, China, France, Italy, United Kingdom and United States are also expected in Port Hercule during the Assembly period, supporting the theme for World Hydrography Day in 2017 which is: “Mapping our seas, oceans and waterways - more important than ever”. World Hydrography Day is celebrated each year on June 21.

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