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COP 21 ends with roadmap for adoption of possible Mediterranean ECA

08 Dec 2019

The 21st Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean (the Barcelona Convention) and its Protocols (COP 21) convened for the fourth and final day on Thursday, 5 December 2019, in Naples, Italy.

Delegates adopted 14 decisions: 13 thematic decisions, and one decision on the Programme of Work and Budget 2020-2021 during COP21.

A roadmap for the proposal of a possible designation of the Mediterranean as an Emission Control Area for Sulphur Oxides was adopted, in line with the terms of Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) was among thematic decisions adopted during the meeting.

In her closing remarks, Maria Carmela Giarratano, COP 21 President, Italy, thanked Gaetano Leone. Leone, who received a standing ovation, remarked that COP 21 may be his final COP as Coordinator.

He thanked the Government of Italy for hosting, and the Secretariat and delegates for their hard work, saying the “tensions and fights of this COP” would soon be forgotten as “we are Mediterranean after all.”

Photo credit: Photo by IISD/ENB | Francis Dejon
Published: 9 December, 2019


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