Statement on the passing of Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain, President of the Global Ocean Forum


The International Seabed Authority (ISA) wishes to extend its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain who passed away on 1 September 2020.

Dr. Cicin-Sain was a driving force in the ocean community and a role model to many, especially women working in ocean matters.

The contribution of Dr. Cicin-Sain to the work of ISA has been a catalyst for bringing stakeholders togethers and progressing discussions around key emerging issues. As a member of the Advisory Committee for the Secretary-General’s Award for Excellence in Deep-Sea Research since 2017, Dr. Cicin-Sain also contributed significantly to highlight the importance of the work of young researchers from developing countries in informing global decision-making processes.

Her support and involvement in ocean governance issues and in particular on capacity-building matters will be sorely missed.

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