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UN Sec-Gen: Actions for the way forward in 2020

As the efforts for protecting and improving the environment escalate, UN’s Secretary General António Guterres gathered leaders on 23 September for the Climate Action Summit with concrete, realistic plans to enhance their nationally determined contributions by 2020, in line with reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45% over the next decade, and to net zero emissions by 2050.

Compliance of policing agencies and countries for IMO 2020

Compliance is a major concern in light of the new regulations concerning pollution from shipping; whatsoever, no central policing agency as well as several countries have not signed up to them yet. Reuters reports that refiners and shipping companies are expected to spend billions of dollars in the following years in order to ensure fuel and engine compliance. Yet, as enforcement of MARPOL Annex VI, set by the UN rests with individual countries and flag states, means that for some routes and regions, compliance may be inconsistent.

UN Chief ‘disappointed’ as COP 25 ends with a modest deal

The UN Climate Summit (COP 25) in Madrid ended on Sunday after two weeks of intense negotiations, with the UN Secretary General expressing disappointment for the overall result, despite some progress made by the private sector and regional governments.

Businesses play major role in achieving UN Global Goals, study says

UN Global Compact issued its fifth in a series CEO Study, analyzing the perspective of the CEOs on how their companies could follow the path and lure others on the sustainable development agenda, with 21% of CEOs believing that business is currently playing a critical role in contributing to the Global Goals.

Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea online platform launched

On the occasion of the World Human Rights Day celebrated on 10 December every year and in response to the emerging public international awareness on abuses at sea, British charity Human Rights at Sea launched its online platform on ‘Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea’.

CMA CGM joins UN Global Compact

On the occasion of COP 25, CMA CGM announced its participation in the United Nations Global Compact, highlighting its position on environmental protection and its role in the industry’s energy transition. CMA CGM will lead the path towards the shipping industry’s goals concerning the environment and will enable the Group to commit to trade focusing more on the respect of human rights, climate and the environment. 

COP 25 urged to include ocean in commitment and action

Following on the heels of the first ever IPCC Special Report on the impact of climate breakdown on the ocean, State Parties at the COP 25 Conference currently underway in Madrid must finally recognize the ocean within both their commitments and action, said One Ocean representing ocean NGOs from around the world. 

COP 25 opens in Madrid to push work against climate change

The 25th UN Climate Change Conference (COP 25) opened on 2 December, in Madrid, aiming to take the next crucial steps in the UN climate change process. Following agreement on guidelines of Paris Agreement at COP 24 in Poland, a key objective is to complete several matters with respect to the full operationalization of the Paris Agreement.

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