IMO Secretary-General opens MEPC meeting
One of the main topics during this virtual meeting will be the further discussion on the reduction of GHG emissions from international shipping.
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said: “It is therefore of utmost importance that IMO continues to deliver concrete progress in transitioning international shipping from fossil fuels to low and zero-carbon alternatives. It is our duty to join worldwide commitments of increased ambition towards tackling climate change. I appreciate the commitment and the efforts of all Member States and the industry for the outstanding work and achievements we have made so far.
Now we must be brave and let our industry lead by example and provide substantial progress in our work.”
“there are many other issues where action by the Committee is also important and urgent.
With regard to marine plastic pollution from ships, you will be asked to progress the work by considering the marking of fishing gear, as well as other matters. Earlier this year, the global community agreed to work towards a binding instrument to address plastic pollution. In light of this, the work under the IMO Action Plan and Strategy to address marine plastic litter from ships is more relevant than ever.
Regarding ballast water management, this session is particularly significant, as you will consider, among other issues, the data analysis report of the experience-building phase associated with the BWM Convention and decide on the way forward with regard to the next stage of this very important process, entailing the comprehensive review of the Convention.
Furthermore, you will consider the adoption of updated guidelines for brief sampling, inspection, and survey and certification of anti-fouling systems on ships, following the adoption, in 2021, of amendments to the AFS Convention to include controls on cybutryne.
The Committee will also be invited to consider the approval of draft amendments to MARPOL to allow States with ports in the Arctic region to enter into regional arrangements for port reception facilities.
The way forward on many of the topics to be considered at this session may be complex, but by working together with determination, I have every confidence that we will ensure that shipping will continue to make a key contribution in the fight against climate change and to achieve cleaner oceans. Collaborative and considerate actions are instrumental to making sure that no one is left behind.”
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