The NOAA Strategic Plan recognizes International Leadership as a priority cross-cut. A world with rapidly shifting political, cultural, and economic dynamics requires Federal agencies involved in world affairs to cultivate fresh approaches and new services to maintain U.S. leadership. Internationally, NOAA supports and promotes national policies and interests in ecosystem-based management, climate change, Earth observation, and weather forecasting and will seek to maximize the mutual benefits of international exchange with its global partners.
U.S. - European Union Marine Research Cooperation. In September, a delegation from the European Union, led by Ms. Maria Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation for the European Commission Directorate General for Research and Innovation, met with a NOAA delegation, including Deputy Under Secretary for Operations, David Kennedy, and Assistant Administrator of the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, Dr. Robert Detrick. The group discussed next steps for cooperation on marine and Arctic research under the U.S.-European Union Science and Technology Agreement, including follow up actions related to the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation. This was Ms. Russo’s first official visit to the United States in her new position, with much of her visit was focusing on fostering marine and Arctic research with US agencies.