When it comes to ocean protection and delivering on the Sustainable Development
Goals, IMO and UN Environment share a great deal of common ground, says an IMO
Erik Solheim, Executive Director of UN Environment, paid a visit to IMO on 14 February 2018 to talk with
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim about collaboration between the two
Organizations, particularly how to address SDG 14 - life below
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.
There are clearly many areas where the two agencies can find synergies and this
visit was a positive step in that direction.