UN

46 states sign new Singapore convention on mediation

On 7 August 2019, a total of 46 states signed the new UN Convention on international settlement agreements resulting from mediation (the Singapore convention on mediation), at a ceremony at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore.

Panama Canal, UN Environment join forces on sustainable development

The Panama Canal and UN Environment signed a cooperation agreement to join efforts on sustainable development and combating climate change. The agreement includes the exchange of experiences and knowledge, the development of programs and research in areas of shared interest, and human resources training across both institutions.

UN Sec-Gen: Plastic waste will surpass the number of fish in oceans

The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, called the shipping industry for solutions concerning oceans’ pollution, as he quoted that the plastic waste that exists in the oceans, will surpass the number of fish that live in them, addressing the emergency state the oceans are in. The discussions that were focused on how to deal with plastic debris and oceans’ pollution were conducted during an event, part of June’s G7 meeting in Canada. 

UN launches draft of New, Legally Binding UN Law of the Sea Regulations

The UN launched the Draft of New, Legally Binding U.N. Law of the Sea Regulations. WOC has been part of the Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) process from the time it ensured that the ocean business community is present and interested in developing the most crucial new legal regime for the ocean since the establishment of the U.N. Law of the Sea.

UN launches Climate Change 2018 report

The United Nations launched their UN Climate Change Annual report that reflects the key achievements of the UNFCCC process and the activities of the secretariat, particularly their impact in relation to the implementation of the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, while it also presents the outcomes of COP 24 and a look ahead.

Partners launch WMU-Koji Sekimizu PhD Fellowship on Maritime Governance

The World Maritime University, MPA Singapore and Dr. Koji Sekimizu, Former Chancellor of WMU and Former IMO Secretary-General launched the WMU-Koji Sekimizu PhD Fellowship on Maritime Governance.  The Fellowship will enable an assessment of the role and impact of maritime governance over the past 60 years.

Possibility of oil spill from moored tanker outside Yemen

Humanitarian Affairs Chief Mark Lowcock alerted the UN Security Council that an aging oil tanker moored outside Yemen’s Hodeidah port was at risk of exploding. The moored tanker was close to Yemen’s recently demilitarized Hodeidah port. During his speech, he highlighted that ‘The spill could reach from Bab el Mandeb to the Suez Canal, and potentially as far as the Strait of Hormuz.’

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