Last night European states have been joined by the Marshall Islands, Chile, Mexico and other nations* in a call for urgent action to tackle shipping's contribution to the climate crisis. Signatories to the "Tony De Brum Declaration" have restated their support for the objectives of the Paris Agreement and called for action on shipping consistent with those objectives.

"This is a welcome commitment to deliver an ambitious climate deal for the shipping sector, and it's significant that EU member states have been joined by Chile, Mexico and others to signal the importance of getting next year's IMO carbon cutting agreement right" said John Maggs of Seas At Risk. "As the declaration makes clear, time is running out for the International Maritime Organisation and the shipping industry to deliver a fair contribution to tackling the climate crisis. A 2018 deal in line with limiting warming to below 1.5C requires a strong long term decarbonisation goal and short-term measures, like speed reduction, that will result in immediate emissions reductions."

The One Planet Summit was convened in Paris by President Macron on the second anniversary of the adoption of the Paris Agreement. Several stakeholders participated, and climate transition projects were showcased.

*The Tony De Brum Declaration was named after the late Foreign Minister of the Marshall Islands, a key architect of the Paris Agreement and an important advocate for climate action at the International Maritime Organisation. The declaration was signed by the following countries: Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. 

The International Maritime Organisation’s climate talks will resume in April, when a deal on an initial Comprehensive IMO Strategy on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships is due to be agreed.

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