Monthly Archives: October 2017

EU: Council conclusions on the Paris Agreement and preparations for the UNFCCC meetings

The Council of the European Union has adopted conclusions on Paris Agreement and is preparing for the upcoming UNFCCC meetings. Among other statements, the EU is calling on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to “further accelerate its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the maritime sector and to adopt in April 2018 an ambitious initial IMO Strategy on reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships including further measures in line with the IMO roadmap and the long term temperature goals of the Paris Agreement”. The COP23 UN Climate conference takes place in Bonn, Germany, on 6-7 November 2017. It will be the moment to develop detailed guidelines for implementation. The EU Council document may be found here.

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Greece: REMPEC’s Mediterranean Assistance Unit provides experts

Following the sinking of the oil tanker “AGIA ZONI II” off Piraeus, on 10 September 2017, Greece has requested for assistance to the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC). As a result two experts have been mobilised for a mission in Athens, Greece in the framework of the Mediterranean Assistance Unit (MAU). They will provide technical support on sunken oil assessment and removal techniques and efficient oil removal from sandy beaches. More information is available here.

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Call for papers: International law and universality

The Manchester International Law Centre shall host the 14th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law, entitled, International law and universality, 13-15 September 2018, in Manchester (UK). The submission of abstracts is welcome until 31 January 2018.

For more information and the eight themes, see here.

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EU: Our Ocean Conference commitments

States and non-governmental organizations participating at the 2017 edition of the Our Ocean Conference – An Ocean for Life (previously reported here) have contributed to a vast list of commitments. Those commitments focus on distinct topics: marine pollution, marine protected areas, maritime security, sustainable blue economy, sustainable fisheries, climate change; they are all listed here. Further information on the event may be found here. The map below highlights the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Our Ocean Conference commitments:

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CITES: Silky and thresher shark controls enter into force

The 17th Conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flaura (CITES) decided to expand the species of sharks protected by CITES controls, including silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis), thresher sharks (Alopias spp.) and all nine devil ray species (Mobula spp.) within Appendix II. Listing of devil rays entered into effect on 04 April 2017, while silky and thresher shark listing was subject to a 12 month delay, entering into effect 4 October 2017.

For more information see the press release here, or the sharks and manta rays page here.

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UNSC: authorization to intercept vessels off Libyan coast extended

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has extended until 5 October 2018 its authorization for Member States to intercept vessels suspected of being used for smuggling migrants through Libya. By unanimously adopting resolution 2380 (2017), the UNSC extended the authorization for a third one-year period, the first having been established by resolution 2240 (previously reported here). The UNSC stressed that its authorization of those measures would require good-faith efforts to obtain the consent of the vessel’s flag State prior to any action, and would not supersede sovereign immunity under international law. More information is available here.

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Our Ocean 2017

The Our Ocean summit has started in Malta, where today and tomorrow (5-6 October 2017) global leaders are invited to commit to new actions to ensure sustainable fisheries, to mitigate climate change impacts, to announce new marine protected areas and to fight marine pollution. The official broadcast of the event can be found here. The unofficial YouTube broadcast can be followed below:

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