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    Facilitation (FAL) – enhancing the free flow of trade by ship

    The main objective of the IMO's Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL Convention), adopted in 1965, is to achieve the most efficient maritime transport as possible, looking for smooth transit in ports of ships, cargo and passengers.

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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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    Testimonies of stranded seafarers

    As of July 2020, over 200,000 seafarers are stranded on ships and waiting to be repatriated, and about as many are stranded home and eagerly waiting to join ships and earn a living. Seafarers from around the world have agreed to share a glimpse of the challenges they face during the pandemic.

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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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    Maritime security

    IMO responds to maritime security threats such as piracy by developing regulations and guidance through its Maritime Safety and Facilitation Committees and through extensive capacity-building work.

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    Unsafe mixed migration by sea

    IMO’s contribution to the international community’s efforts to tackle unsafe, mixed migration by sea, which is placing hundreds of thousands of lives in danger every year.

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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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    Implementing the Ballast Water Management Convention

    The BWM Convention entered into force globally on 8 September 2017. IMO responds to frequently asked questions about the BWM Convention and its provisions, and what the entry into force means for international shipping.

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