The IMarEST is delighted to be co-organising a side event at the UN Oceans Conference at the UN headquarters in New York in June. The side-event, led by the Government of Jamaica, will look at protecting the marine environment and resources from the adverse impacts of shipping and is entitled Partnerships in Practice – Catalysing Shipping Sector Transformation towards SDG 14. The IMarEST will be co-organising with the International Maritime Organization (IMO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Government of Croatia and the Global Industry Alliance (GIA) for Marine Biosecurity.
The side event will showcase some of the most successful and transformational initiatives jointly undertaken by the IMO, UNDP and GEF to address the threat of marine invasive organisms to marine and coastal ecosystems and to minimise greenhouse gas emissions from shipping which contribute to ocean acidification.
It will be an illustration of the possibilities for partnerships to achieve catalytic changes in a global industry, strengthening the capacity at national and regional levels and by the industry itself, to implement global shipping regulations, for the benefit of the marine environment.
The IMO-UNDP-GEF Glo-X approach, which was initiated almost two decades ago, is set to continue building on these successful experiences through the proposed new GloFouling project. Therefore, in the longer perspective the continued commitment by the three partner agencies, the partnering countries, the industry and other stakeholders, will contribute towards the achievement of SDG14 and its targets.
The presentations will cover the overall concept of the “Glo-X model” of programme design and implementation that resulted in legal, policy and institutional reforms in over 70 countries including SIDS and LDCs and technology market transformations which, in the case of ballast water treatment, resulted in creation of a new market valued at over US$50 billion. The showcased global projects will be the three GEF-UNDP-IMO projects, namely the Global Ballast Water Management Project (GloBallast), the Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships Project (GloMEEP), the proposed Global Biofouling Project (GloFouling), as well as the IMO-European Union Global Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre Network Project (GMN). The successful partnerships with the industry through the Global Industry Alliance (GIA) will also be showcased in this event.
The event will feature high-level officials from the three partner agencies (IMO, UNDP and GEF) joining hands to launch the publication “The GloBallast Story: Reflections from a Global Family - Partnerships to catalyze transformational innovations in marine biosafety"
Stressing the focus and success of these three partnerships in strengthening the capacity of developing countries to implement global shipping regulations, the organizers of the side event will facilitate the participation of some of the SIDS and LDCs that participated in these projects, regional and global strategic partners, and also the industry representatives who contributed to these global efforts.
The side-event will take place at 18:15-19:30 on 6 June 2017 in Conference Room 11.