Marine and Coastal news round-up in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) Region
The news round-up aims at informing partners, stakeholders, national working groups and all interested persons on the news, events, activities and publications on the Western Indian Ocean region compiled from various sources that include our partners, projects/programmes, various websites, newspapers and articles. (Photo: Peter Prokosch, Source: GRID-Arendal http://www.grida.no/photolib/detail/crab-plover-dromas-ardeola-lamu-kenya_fdb0)
29 September 2014
On World Maritime Day, UN Urges Ratification of Conventions to Protect Global Seaways
Seychelles: The implementation of measures ensuring shipping safety, maritime security and the protection of the marine environment can only be guaranteed if Member States ratify conventions enshrined by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), United Nations officials said today.
Marking the annual observance of World Maritime Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon celebrated the IMO's contribution towards making global shipping "progressively safer, more secure and more environment-friendly" through over 50 conventions aimed at safeguarding the world's seaways. "The real value of those conventions can be fully realized only if they are properly implemented. This entails early entry into force, broad participation, effective policies and programmes, stringent oversight and vigorous enforcement," Mr. Ban stated
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