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UN to publish report on global actions to reduce emissions

The United Nations Environment Programme will publish a report during November, presenting an assessment of current national emissions mitigation efforts and ambitions that countries have presented. The report will also look at fiscal policy, the role of innovation, and the role of non-state and subnational action.

Climate change poses ‘existential threat’ to humanity, says UN chief

None of the world’s challenges loom as large as climate change, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in his keynote address to the R20 Austrian World Summit in mid-May, reiterating his belief that global warming poses an “existential threat” to humanity.

UN Sec-Gen visits IMO, discusses about MEPC 72 decision

On Friday 4 of May, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres visited the Headquarters of the IMO. Mr. Guterres highlighted the important contribution of IMO’s work towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. He also welcomed the recent adoption by IMO of an Initial Strategy to reduce GHG emissions from ships.

ICS visions a zero carbon shipping future

The International Chamber of Shipping, representing the world’s national shipowners’ associations and over 80 percent of the world merchant fleet at the COP 23 in Bonn, emphasises that the shipping industry is supports IMO’s strategy to reduce CO2.

New report accuses industry of lobbying to avoid climate regulations

A new report released by InfluenceMap claims that the shipping industry has deliberately blocked international efforts towards climate change, by creating lobby groups to keep shipping out of the Paris Agreement. The report refers namely to  powerful shipping trade associations -ICS, BIMCO, WSC – supporting that their actions have stalled progress on regulation to curb pollution and greenhouse gas levels.

UN Sec-Gen welcomes IMO steps to address carbon emissions

Ban Ki moon has welcomed the steps agreed upon by the IMO to address GHG emissions from shipping including: efforts to limit sulphur emissions; a mandatory data system for fuel consumption; strengthened implementation of energy-efficiency regulations; and a road map for developing by 2023 a comprehensive IMO strategy

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