The United Nations Environment and the International Maritime Organisation in London held a collaborative discussion on the ocean protection and the Sustainable Development Goals – how to address SDG 14 – life below water.
This took place when Erik Solheim, Executive Director of UN Environment paid a visit to the IMO Secretary General Kitack Lin in London.
The two organisations believe they both share a great deal of common ground when it comes to ocean protection and delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals.
The issue of microplastic and how to curb its presence in the ocean was discussed as a high priority, and a potential partnership with the World Maritime University particularly its new Ocean Institute, was explored.
It was agreed that there are clearly many areas where the two agencies can find synergies and this visit was a positive step in that direction.