One of our most important roles as a learned society is our contribution to ensuring that existing and emerging marine activities are safe and technically, environmentally and economically sound. We provide the invaluable public service of giving impartial professional advice of the highest standard to governing bodies trying to develop reasonable regulation of marine and maritime activities.
This advice is hard to find, because very few organisations are able to provide it, given their constituencies or their mission. Our contributions to the (inter)governmental decision-making process support the development of unambiguous, technically informed, scientifically supported and practically implementable outcomes.
The opportunity to participate in this work is a significant benefit of being a member of the IMarEST, as we not only represent our members' views by responding to consultations and calls for evidence for the development of national, regional and international regulation, but we are also represented by our members in a variety of ways, including sitting on committees and joining IMarEST delegations at intergovernmental organisations and standards bodies, such as the UN's International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Submissions to IMO
United Nations Voluntary Commitments
The IMarEST holds an extremely privileged position of having formal recognition across a range of intergovernmental organisations at a level unrivalled by similar organisations of our kind.
The submissions cover technical inputs to the principal IMO committees on Maritime Safety and Marine Environmental Protection and the associated sub-committees. Papers are added immediately following the conclusion of the relevant meeting.
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In June 2017, the UN held the Ocean Conference – a high-level event aimed to support the implementation of SDG14 ‘life below water’. The conference marked a global breakthrough, with over 1,400 voluntary commitments pledged by governments, the UN system, civil society organisations, academia, the scientific community and the private sector. Each commitment focuses on one or several of the SDG 14 targets.
The IMarEST is committed to the provision and implementation of these sustainable development goals as part of its strategic plan. The development, management and ongoing sustainability of the marine environment, alongside knowledge sharing and capacity building as a means by which to facilitate the prosperity of the marine environment, are held at the core of the IMarEST’s mission and vision. As such, given the strong value it places on supporting the marine sector, the IMarEST made two voluntary commitments at the Ocean Conference to support the implementation of the SDG 14 targets: