Vanuatu Delegation pays courtesy visit to International Maritime Organization SG

Left to Right: Lloyd Fikiasi – Legal Adviser, Office of the Maritime Regulator; Kitack Lim – IMO Secretary General; Laurent Parenté – Ambassador of Vanuatu to the IMO; John Markmon Batie – Commissioner of Maritime Affairs and Harris Clement – Political Advisor, Ministry of Transport

The United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) is hosting two important meetings on the prevention of marine and atmospheric pollution by ships from May 7th to May 17th 2019.

Mr. John Markmon Batie, Commissioner of Maritime Affairs in charge of the oversight of the Vanuatu International Shipping Registry, Mr. Lloyd Fikiasi, Legal Adviser of the Office of the Maritime Regulator (OMR) and Mr. Harris Clement, Third Political Adviser of the Ministry of MIPU have all joined the Vanuatu Ambassador to the IMO, H.E. Parenté in London to attend these important meetings.

This was made possible thanks to the assistance of the European Commission which has accepted to financially support some Pacific States to attend important IMO meetings dealing with the reduction of Green House Gases (GHG) from ships.

As part of these 2-week meetings, the Delegation of Vanuatu will take part to high level discussions with a view to ensure that GHG emissions reductions from ships are achieved prior to 2023 and that the unique issues facing the Pacific Islands continue to be recognised and accommodated.

Among important topics, the delegation of Vanuatu will also introduce two Vanuatu submissions on Marine Plastic Litter from ships aiming at strengthening the IMO Action Plan to address Marine Plastic Litter from Ship.

The IMO Action Plan was adopted in October 2018 under the leadership of Vanuatu with the support of numerous IMO Member States.

On Tuesday 7th May, the Delegation of Vanuatu paid a courtesy visit to the IMO Secretary General (SG), Kitack Lim (second from left in group photo) in recognition of IMO technical support provided to Vanuatu through the Secretariat of the South Pacific Community (SPC).

They expressed their gratitude to the IMO SG who will be visiting Vanuatu from July 22 to July 25 2019 which will mark the first visit of an IMO Secretary General in Vanuatu and in the Region.

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