The recently formed Clean Shipping Coalition, of which Seas At Risk is a founding member, has gained consultative status at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

The recently formed Clean Shipping Coalition, of which Seas At Risk is a founding member, has gained consultative status at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

The endorsement means that the Clean Shipping Coalition can officially express their opinions to the UN agency for maritime affairs, thus allowing member organisations of the group to promote shipping policies aimed at the protection and restoration of the marine and atmospheric environment.

The eight founding environmental NGOs, that includes Seas At Risk member organisation the North Sea Foundation, set up the Clean Shipping Coalition earlier this year. John Maggs of Seas At Risk is a board member of the coalition group and Eelco Lemans of the North Sea Foundation is the chairman.

The purpose of consultative status, as outlined in the IMO’s guidelines, is to ‘enable the IMO to obtain information or expert advice from non-governmental organizations with special knowledge in a particular section of IMO's activities and to enable such non-governmental organizations representing large groups whose activities have an important and direct bearing on IMO’s work to express their points of view to IMO.’

The six other founding members include: The Air Pollution & Climate Secretariat, Bellona Foundation, Clean Air Task Force, Environmental Defense Fund, the European Federation for Transport and Environment, Seas At Risk and Oceana.

Part of the motivation behind the coalition group is to better represent the interests of environmental groups in shipping issues and the important work of the IMO. To this end, the Clean Shipping Coalition will actively seek out and engage organizations that do not individually qualify for IMO consultative status and/or are from parts of the world currently under-represented by environment groups at IMO.


For more information

http://www.cleanshipping.org/

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