The world is at risk of crossing the point of no return on climate change. This would have disastrous consequences for people across the planet and the natural systems that sustain them, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned on Monday, September 10.
At the United Nations in New York, the ICS is representing shipowners at a negotiation to agree a new legal instrument for the protection of the ocean under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. This instrument will apply to ‘high seas’ areas ‘beyond national jurisdiction’.
The nineteenth meeting of the UN Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP 19) takes place from 18 to 22 of June 2018 at the UN Headquarters in New York, under the theme “Anthropogenic underwater noise.” The aim of ICP 10 is to protect marine life from ship noise.
The treaty, which would be the first of its kind related to marine protections, would address the need for a cohesive global system to coordinate the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity and to account for the impact of human activities on the high seas, including fishing and shipping.
The International Chamber of Shipping and the Comité Maritime International have released an updated brochure about the importance of governments ratifying international maritime conventions, especially those adopted by the UN IMO.
The International Chamber of Commerce announced that it joined forces with the World Maritime University and the Government of Sweden to host discussions on the role of the private sector at the problem of climate change. The event will take place at UN Headquarters in New York, on 9 June, as an official side event of the UN Ocean Conference.
The United Nations issued an article dedicated to IMO’s role in establishing sustainable shipping with environmentally friendly measures. The article provides an overview of IMO’s work towards the sustainable use of the oceans.
The Prime Minister of Fiji, has undertaken a few key priorities for his country’s Presidency of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn in November (COP23), calling for steeper cuts in greenhouse gas emissions and to ramp up the finance developing countries need to green their economies and build resilience to the inevitable impacts of climate change.
The European Parliament has approved the ratification of the Paris Agreement by the European Union. With this approval the last hurdle is cleared. The political process for the European Union to ratify the Agreement is concluded.
United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon expressed his confidence on Wednesday, 21 September 2016, that the Paris Agreement will enter into force before he leaves office at the end of the year. Mr. Ban was speaking shortly after receiving instruments of ratification from 31 new State Parties, bringing the total number of countries to have ratified the Paris Agreement to 60.
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