IMO partnership promotes sustainable shipping in the Pacific

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The International Maritime Organization plans to promote sustainable shipping through capacity building activities in the Asia-Pacific region under a new partnership agreement.

IMO’s partnership with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) also covers knowledge partnership activities in the region.

A memorandum of understanding was signed on Monday by IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim and ESCAP Executive Secretary Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana.

“This strategic partnership, combining the mandate and global reach of IMO with the experience and expertise of ESCAP in supporting its regional partners, is expected to contribute greatly to sustainable shipping,” Mr. Lim said.

The parties intend to work together to support knowledge sharing, intergovernmental cooperation, capacity building, joint resource mobilization and the strengthening of United Nations initiatives and programmes.

ESCAP and IMO also plan to promote activities related to marine environmental protection and climate change, maritime transport facilitation in support of global and regional trade flows and maritime security.

The agreement was signed at a ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand, during the IMO/ESCAP Thematic Solutions Forum (TSF) during the Global South-South Development Expo 2022.

The GSSD Expo is an annual event organized by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation to showcase successful evidence-based development solutions and initiatives, in collaboration with United Nations agencies and all other partners.

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