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    Maritime Security and Safety in the Black Sea and Sea of Azov

    Information about the evolving maritime security and security situation in the Black Sea and Sea of Azov region. The situation is impacting local populations, shipping, seafarers and global trade.

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    Monkeypox disease

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a multi-country monkeypox outbreak in non-endemic countries. IMO has issued Circular Letter which contains guidance issued by the WHO.

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    IMO’s work to cut GHG emissions from ships

    IMO is contributing to the global fight against climate change. IMO has adopted mandatory measures to cut emissions. In 2018, IMO adopted an initial strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships. IMO projects promote innovation and support developing countries, especially small island developing States (SIDS) and least developed countries (LDCs).

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    2012 Cape Town Agreement to enhance fishing safety

    Fishing is one of the most dangerous professions in the world, with thousands of fishers estimated to lose their lives every year when working to supply the world's growing appetite for fish and fish products. IMO is raising awareness of the 2012 Cape Town Agreement (CTA) to help bring it into force. In 2019, more than 50 States committed to ratify the 2012 Cape Town Agreement by 11 October 2022.

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    IMO and the oceans

    As the United Nations agency responsible for developing and adopting measures to improve the safety and security of international shipping and to prevent pollution from ships, IMO has an integral role in meeting the targets set out in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

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    Coronavirus (COVID-19) - advice for seafarers and shipping

    Advice to people on how to protect themselves and those around them from getting the disease.

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    FSO SAFER - seeking funds to address oil spill risk

    A UN-coordinated plan is seeking funds to address the threat posed by the deteriorating floating storage and offloading unit FSO SAFER, which is moored off the coast of Yemen. IMO is supporting the contingency planning efforts aimed at enhancing preparedness to mitigate the environmental impacts of a potential spill.

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    IMO and autonomous shipping

    IMO has a key strategic direction to Integrate new and advancing technologies in the regulatory framework. IMO is currently assessing existing IMO instruments to see how they might apply to ships with varying degrees of automation, through a regulatory scoping exercise on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS).

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