The Marshall Islands foreign minister, Tony de Brum, has released via email his assessment on IMO’s climate position calling IMO Secretary General a ”danger” to theplanet.
Mr Koji Sekimizu has stated that IMO is the only place where the debate over shipping and climate change calling to global leaders at COP21, which will be held in Paris on 7-8 December 2015, not to intervene.
“In the process leading up to the Paris meeting, world leaders might be tempted to consider specific measures aimed at reducing shipping’s overall contribution of CO2 emissions, such as an overall cap. Such measures would artificially limit the ability of shipping to meet the demand created by the world economy, or would unbalance the level playing field that the shipping industry needs for efficient operation, and therefore must be avoided,” Mr Sekimizu has said in his official statement.
RMI’s Foreign Affairs Minister Tony de Brum expressed his concerns over IMO’s head opinion in a statement as follows:
”His call is not just a danger to the planet, but as the research points out, also to the shipping industry’s future prosperity, and therefore the future stability of world trade,” RMI’s Foreign Affairs Minister Tony de Brum said in a statement.
“GHG pollution is a difficult issue for the global economy. It requires a long-term vision, attention to fairness and equity and an inclusive debate across all sectors and countries. It is not reasonable to expect the IMO to have a view which is inclusive of all sectors’ GHG challenges. But it is reasonable to expect this of the UNFCCC,” the Minister said.
“The proposed Paris Agreement must deliver the strongest possible directive to the IMO to move quickly and decisively to set such a target and to prioritise implementing all measures necessary to achieve this target. This call is supported by the Suva Declaration on Climate Change, signed this month by many governments of the Pacific Small Island Developing States and territories,” he adds.
Mr de Brum is alarmed by the IMO’s position that any move to cap shipping emissions would reduce the industry’s ability to meet the demands of the global economy and create an imbalance in the industry and must therefore be avoided. He says as the country with the third largest shipping registry and one that is facing severe negative impacts from climate change, the Marshall Islands feels obligated to call for the more stringent measures to regulate carbon emissions in the shipping industry. However, he says the Marshall Islands should not have to go it alone.
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