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Calendar17 May 2019
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The 74th session of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO's) Marine Environment Protection Committee took place in London this week. National delegates reviewed the document submitted by Ipieca, recalling the shared capacity-building framework that both organizations have jointly put in place to help governments and industry prepare for, and respond to, oil spills. The document summarises the work achieved by IMO and Ipieca under the Global Initiative (GI) programme which aims to help nations work together with industry to implement the provisions of the International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness Response and Co-operation (OPRC).

On Thursday, Ipieca hosted a reception to celebrate the achievements of the GI programme since it began over twenty years ago. Executive Director of Ipieca, Brian Sullivan, addressed the delegates in which he recalled the great partnership of IMO and Ipieca under the Global Initiative. He called for continued efforts to protect the marine environment, in spite of many other competing challenges that society faces, in meeting the expectations of sustainable development.

Ipieca Executive Director, Brian Sullivan presents at the 74th session of the IMO MEPC.

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