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The Micronesian Center for Sustainable Transport (MCST) successfully hosted an enlightening webinar on the 3rd of July, of the "Gearing up for MEPC82" series focusing on the recent negotiations at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This event brought together key stakeholders to discuss the implications of these critical negotiations on global maritime policies.

The webinar featured a keynote speech by Dr. Filimon Manoni, the Pacific Ocean Commissioner, who provided insightful perspectives on the outcomes of the negotiations and their impact on small island developing states (SIDS).

Key topics discussed during the webinar included:

  • Recent ITLOS Advisory Opinion
  • IMO GHG Strategy
  • Pacific and Caribbean Perspectives

To view the full Webinar series, click here

The Micronesian Center for Sustainable Transport (MCST) is thrilled to announce the successful completion of the fourth webinar in its "Gearing up for MEPC82" series. Titled "Domestic Shipping Transitions - Opportunities and Barriers," the event provided an in-depth look at the latest trends, challenges, and innovations within the maritime industry focusing on domestic shipping transitions - Opportunities and Barriers.

Held on June 19, 2024, at 9 AM Fiji/RMI (GMT+12HRS), the webinar brought together industry experts, policymakers, and stakeholders to discuss the critical transitions necessary for the future of domestic shipping. The session emphasized sustainable practices, technological advancements, and the economic and regulatory landscapes shaping the industry.

The discussions highlighted the importance of collaborative efforts in overcoming barriers and seizing opportunities for sustainable domestic shipping.

This webinar is part of MCST's ongoing commitment to fostering dialogue and innovation in sustainable transport. Stay tuned for more events and initiatives as we continue to lead the way towards a greener and more efficient maritime future.

For those who missed the live event, a recording of the webinar is now available. Viewers can access the full session here:

Antigua and Barbuda - June 2, 2024. The Fourth International Conference of Small Island Developing States (SIDS4), held from May 27 to 30, 2024, in Antigua and Barbuda, brought together world leaders, civil society, and youth activists to address the pressing challenges faced by these vulnerable nations. Under the theme of "Charting the course toward resilient prosperity," the conference aimed to forge new partnerships and secure commitments for sustainable development and climate resilience.

President Gaston Alfonso Browne of Antigua and Barbuda delivered a powerful address, criticizing developed nations for failing to fulfill their environmental pledges. He emphasized the lack of financial support and inadequate carbon reduction efforts, urging for an end to fossil fuel subsidies and greater accountability from oil-producing countries. Browne highlighted the disproportionate impact of climate change on SIDS, which are highly vulnerable to environmental crises.

Read the full press release here.




Copenhagen, Denmark (Tuesday, 28 May 2024) – Hot on the heels of the groundbreaking ITLOS advisory last week, Mr. John Kautoke, legal research fellow with the Micronesian Center for Sustainable Transport (MCST), delivers a thought provoking  paper on the Pacific's high ambition options at the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Co-authored with his colleagues at MCST, John Taukave, Morgan Wairui, Maria Sahib, Atina Schutz, Peter Nuttall, Alison Newell, Pierre-Jean Bordahandy, the paper entitled "Holomui ki mu’a: Pacific Catalytic Action at IMO Proves the Power of Small," delves into the influential role Large Ocean States are playing in the crucial negotiations over measures and revenue disbursement as the IMO moves towards agreeing on a historic global price on shipping GHG emissions.

Last week's ITLOS opinion affirmed that shipping's GHG emissions are pollutants and mandated states to undertake significantly enhanced actions to mitigate them and address their impacts. This legal directive may profoundly impact ongoing IMO negotiations, with member states poised to finalize measures by next April.

"Holomui ki mu’a" highlights the strategic interventions by Pacific nations, which have substantially altered the negotiating dynamics at the IMO. The paper reinforces the necessity of achieving an equitable transition that ensures no state is left behind, reinforcing the Pacific's leadership in high ambition climate diplomacy.

The increased engagement of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) since 2015 has transformed the IMO negotiation landscape, demonstrating the capacity of smaller states to effect meaningful policy change. The paper advocates for a robust price on emissions to propel industry mitigation efforts and secure an equitable global transition.

As the international community looks to the IMO to set a precedent with a global price on shipping GHG emissions, the insights and recommendations from "Holomui ki mu’a" provide an insightful framework for ensuring that the perspectives of the most climate-vulnerable nations are prioritized and addressed.