“Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet – The Role of the United Nations”.

Posted on | January 1, 2020 | No Comments

November 30, -0001
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Dear Friends,

Happy New Year !  It is time to tell you about the next UNA Lunchbox talk on Friday 17 January 2020 at 1pm in the Friends Meeting House in Upper Goat Lane, Norwich NR2 1EW.

Our speaker will be Lee Adamson, Head of Information Services, Legal Affairs and External Relations Division at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) – an agency of the UN.

But although safety at sea was and remains IMO’s most important responsibility, a new problem began to emerge – pollution. The growth in the amount of oil being transported by sea and in the size of oil tankers was of particular concern and the Torrey Canyon disaster of 1967, in which 120,000 tonnes of oil was spilled, demonstrated the scale of the problem.

During the next few years IMO introduced a series of measures designed to prevent tanker accidents and to minimize their consequences. It also tackled the environmental threat caused by routine operations such as the cleaning of oil cargo tanks and the disposal of engine room wastes – in tonnage terms a bigger menace than accidental pollution.

The title of Lee’s talk will be “Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet – The Role of the United Nations”.

Lee will talk about what the IMO does and how the 171 member countries work together on matters like ship design, crew training and environmental matters. He will also talk about IMO’s work helping developing countries build the capacity to meet their obligations under international treaties.

This is a timely and important topic and I hope that as many people as possible will come to hear it.

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