Maritime challenge to develop clear plan

Update: 3:14PM DESPITE their small size, Pacific leaders are again leading positive action on the world stage and demonstrating they can punch well above their weight.

Pacific states, led by the Marshall and Solomon Islands, with support from Fiji and Tonga, have been actively calling on the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to take urgent and ambitious action to develop a clear work plan for reduction of shipping’s contribution to climate change causing emissions.

International shipping is a major and growing greenhouse gas emissions generating sector.

And this week in London, global attention is focused on the role of IMO.

A statement by the Pacific Islands Development Forum stated that early last year, the Marshall Islands was the sole submitter on this critical issue.

Shipping was not included in the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change in December.

This week, there are a record number of submissions from States and industries as to how the sector can determine its fair share of responsibility. 

The IMO is highly conscious that a global spotlight is now focussed on its actions this week.

Today, the IMO’s Maritime Environment Protection Committee has agreed to form a working group to report back on options by the end of the week.

Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands and Tonga are leading a growing Coalition of High Ambition within the IMO with large and small states to press for immediate and decisive action in this working group. 

In today’s historic meeting, they are being strongly supported from the floor by Fiji and Vanuatu.

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