Set bold and ambitious goals, Lim tells IMO member states

At the opening to the 30th Assembly of the International maritime Organization, meeting in London from November 27th to December 6th, Secretary-General Kitack Lim urged Member States to set themselves bold and ambitious goals when next year they adopt an initial strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping.

Lim said that the whole world would be watching the IMO in 2018, looking for something of real substance.

“Next year really will be a time when the world will expect IMO Member States to deliver a clear vision as the first stage of the approved roadmap. I urge you, be bold; set ambitious goals that really will make a difference. You have a real opportunity here to do something of lasting significance. Make the most of it”. More than 1,500 delegates from IMO Member States, international governmental and non-governmental organizations are attending the session.

Lim outlined the key elements of the new “Strategic Plan for the Organization” for 2018 to 2023, which is expected to be adopted by the Assembly. “The seven strategic directions point us now towards more effective rule-making and implementation processes by integrating new and advancing technology to respond to our challenges, among others, to increase ship safety, including addressing new emerging technologies such as autonomous vessels, our contribution to combat climate change, engagement in ocean governance, mitigation of cyber-crimes, and facilitation of international trade, whilst continuing to take due consideration on the human element factor,” Lim said.