The permanent representatives of Monaco to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Isabelle Rosabrunetto and Armelle Roudaut-Lafon are participating in the 74th Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee, which is being held in London from May 13th to 17th  2019.

As a reminder, the Marine Environment Protection Committee is an International Maritime Organization body whose mission is to define best practices in maritime transport, in order to prevent pollution and preserve biodiversity in the seas and oceans. In particular, it is in charge of seeking consensus, arbitrating in the divergences existing between States and private companies, in particular with regard to standards for the emission of greenhouse gases from ships.

Highly committed to marine protection, it is therefore only natural that the Principality of Monaco traveled to London to take part in this meeting organized at the headquarters of IMO, the UN agency specializing in maritime affairs.

The Committee opened with a video of HSH the Sovereign Prince, invited by the Secretary General of IMO recalling “the importance of the oceans in terms of climate regulation, food security …”, and welcoming the progress of the IMO.

However, in spite of the establishment of numerous international conventions, notably on the safety of maritime transport (like MARPOL on the prevention of pollution at sea), more progress is in order in order to achieve “clean” maritime transport.

*Article originally published on the French edition of the Monaco Tribune.