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    IMO and the SDGS

    As part of the United Nations family, IMO is actively working towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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    Marine litter – how IMO is part of the solution

    Marine litter presents a huge problem in our oceans. But IMO and others have been taking action, by regulating the discharge of garbage from ships and supporting research work.

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    Women in Maritime - IMO's gender programme

    IMO is strongly committed to helping its Member States achieve the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 5 "Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls". IMO's gender programme supports access to maritime training and employment opportunities for women in the maritime sector.

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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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    Sulphur 2020 – cutting sulphur oxide emissions from ships

    Emissions of sulphur oxides (SOx) are known to be harmful to human health and they contribute to ocean acidification. From 1 January 2020, the limit for sulphur in fuel oil used on board ships operating outside designated emission control areas will be reduced to 0.50% m/m. This will significantly reduce the amount of sulphur oxides from ships and should have major health and environmental benefits.

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    FSO SAFER oil spill risk

    IMO is contributing to international efforts aimed at preventing an oil spill from the deteriorating floating storage and offloading unit FSO SAFER, which is moored off the coast of Yemen. The Organization is also supporting the contingency planning efforts aimed at enhancing preparedness to mitigate the environmental impacts of a potential spill.

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    Responding to MV Wakashio oil spill

    IMO has joined international efforts to respond to the oil spill involving the bulk carrier MV Wakashio, off the coast of Mauritius. IMO and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) jointly deployed an expert, who advisei the Government of Mauritius on the mitigation of the impacts on the environment and coastal communities.

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    Symposium on alternative low-carbon and zero-carbon fuels

    The 2021 IMO Symposium on alternative low-carbon and zero-carbon fuels (9-10 February) aims to raise awareness, to present state-of-the art research and innovation, to discuss the advancement of alternative low-carbon and zero-carbon fuels in international shipping, and to discuss initiatives to promote the availability, affordability and uptake of future marine fuels.

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