New York

09 April 2018

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the meeting of the International Maritime Organization Marine Environment Protection Committee, 9-13 April 2018, London

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The Secretary General stresses the importance of global efforts to address climate change at the meeting being held in London this week of the Marine Environment Protection Committee of the International Maritime Organization of the United Nations (IMO).
Given the increasing vulnerability of all nations, economies and communities to the impacts of climate change, policy and market signals need to quickly align to encourage the maritime industry to make the needed transition toward zero net greenhouse gas emissions.  The Secretary General calls on nations to adopt an ambitious Initial Strategy at the IMO that would support the modernization of the shipping sector in a manner consistent with the ambitions of the Paris Agreement.