USP acknowledges UK Govt grant on GHG emission reduction
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UK and Pacific IMO delegates at IMO last year.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) is grateful to the UK Government for the support signed on 29 March for the University’s work in providing technical assistance to Pacific Island governments on the reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping.
The grant, from the UK Department for Transport, follows on from a similar grant from the British High Commission in Suva last year.
The grant is expected to support Pacific IMO delegations to enable their active involvement in IMO meetings in May 2019, to progress development and implementation of the IMO GHG emissions reduction Initial Strategy and related Roadmap, as well as strengthening the partnership with the UK.
In addition, the grant will enable USP, through its Micronesian Centre for Sustainable Transport (MCST) to send technical support to the IMO meetings to provide backstopping to the Pacific Islands' delegations.
Professor Derrick Armstrong, USP Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Innovation and International said, “We are very grateful to the support being shown by the UK Government, enabling the Pacific Islands to continue to push for strong and definitive action that results in tangible decreases in GHG emissions from international shipping”.
“The British High Commissioner, Her Excellency Melanie Hopkins was delighted to advise me of the funding approval when we met recently, and the team from the UK Department for Transport led by Mallory Sedgewick have been superb,” he added.
USP he stated, is delighted to be able to continue to facilitate and provide technical support through the MCST.
He further commented that the continuation of funding support from the University’s partners around the world reflects USP’s effectiveness in delivering the support needed by member countries “as well as the strong and enduring partnerships we have been able to build”.
The May IMO meetings will focus on processes for adopting measures to reduce GHG emissions from international ships, including what impact assessments might involve as well as consideration of some proposed measures.
“It is critical that the Pacific Islands' voices continue to be heard in these international negotiations, particularly in terms of what the impacts might be on our Pacific Island countries and other SIDS and LDCs” Alison Newell, technical expert noted.
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