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Bonn, November 11, 2017: The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Secretary General was invited to present on Reducing Maritime Transport Green House Gas (GHG) Emissions: Decarbonising Supply Chains on the Transport Thematic Day at COP 23, “Transport’s Contribution towards Delivering the Paris Agreement” on Saturday November 11 in Room 6, Bonn Zone.

The side event was organised by the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), International Transport Forum (ITF), International Union of Railways (UIC) and the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC).

Secretary General, François Martel elaborated on the historic leadership of the Pacific on shipping GHG reduction and the unique position of some PIDF members as being climate vulnerable countries with close links to shipping through flag registries

“The formation of collaboration between EU, Pacific and other countries following the intervention in 2015 at the IMO by Tony de Brum and his call for urgent action to bring IMO more in line with UNFCCC,” said Secretary General Martel.

He also enlightened the audience on the interconnection between domestic shipping emission reduction and international shipping emission reduction, the leadership shown by PIDF members on including domestic shipping in their NDC, and the regional significance of sea transport relative to other GHG sources.

“The importance of the 1.5 temperature objective and the need for IMO to also contribute to keep this, and the encouraging signs that through Ambition 1.5 event on 13th that some parts of the industry are already stepping up to this,” he further added.

Secretary General Martel concluded by highlighting the work that is already ongoing, with ships such as the Kwai which are already showing track record in use of renewable energy for domestic and regional shipping, and the Micronseian Sustainable Transport Centre’s leadership on searching for the modern technological solutions.