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The Micronesian Center for Sustainable Transport (MCST) is thrilled to announce the successful completion of the fourth webinar in its "Gearing up for MEPC82" series. Titled "Domestic Shipping Transitions - Opportunities and Barriers," the event provided an in-depth look at the latest trends, challenges, and innovations within the maritime industry focusing on domestic shipping transitions - Opportunities and Barriers.

Held on June 19, 2024, at 9 AM Fiji/RMI (GMT+12HRS), the webinar brought together industry experts, policymakers, and stakeholders to discuss the critical transitions necessary for the future of domestic shipping. The session emphasized sustainable practices, technological advancements, and the economic and regulatory landscapes shaping the industry.

The discussions highlighted the importance of collaborative efforts in overcoming barriers and seizing opportunities for sustainable domestic shipping.

This webinar is part of MCST's ongoing commitment to fostering dialogue and innovation in sustainable transport. Stay tuned for more events and initiatives as we continue to lead the way towards a greener and more efficient maritime future.

For those who missed the live event, a recording of the webinar is now available. Viewers can access the full session here:

Antigua and Barbuda - June 2, 2024. The Fourth International Conference of Small Island Developing States (SIDS4), held from May 27 to 30, 2024, in Antigua and Barbuda, brought together world leaders, civil society, and youth activists to address the pressing challenges faced by these vulnerable nations. Under the theme of "Charting the course toward resilient prosperity," the conference aimed to forge new partnerships and secure commitments for sustainable development and climate resilience.

President Gaston Alfonso Browne of Antigua and Barbuda delivered a powerful address, criticizing developed nations for failing to fulfill their environmental pledges. He emphasized the lack of financial support and inadequate carbon reduction efforts, urging for an end to fossil fuel subsidies and greater accountability from oil-producing countries. Browne highlighted the disproportionate impact of climate change on SIDS, which are highly vulnerable to environmental crises.

Read the full press release here.




Copenhagen, Denmark (Tuesday, 28 May 2024) – Hot on the heels of the groundbreaking ITLOS advisory last week, Mr. John Kautoke, legal research fellow with the Micronesian Center for Sustainable Transport (MCST), delivers a thought provoking  paper on the Pacific's high ambition options at the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Co-authored with his colleagues at MCST, John Taukave, Morgan Wairui, Maria Sahib, Atina Schutz, Peter Nuttall, Alison Newell, Pierre-Jean Bordahandy, the paper entitled "Holomui ki mu’a: Pacific Catalytic Action at IMO Proves the Power of Small," delves into the influential role Large Ocean States are playing in the crucial negotiations over measures and revenue disbursement as the IMO moves towards agreeing on a historic global price on shipping GHG emissions.

Last week's ITLOS opinion affirmed that shipping's GHG emissions are pollutants and mandated states to undertake significantly enhanced actions to mitigate them and address their impacts. This legal directive may profoundly impact ongoing IMO negotiations, with member states poised to finalize measures by next April.

"Holomui ki mu’a" highlights the strategic interventions by Pacific nations, which have substantially altered the negotiating dynamics at the IMO. The paper reinforces the necessity of achieving an equitable transition that ensures no state is left behind, reinforcing the Pacific's leadership in high ambition climate diplomacy.

The increased engagement of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) since 2015 has transformed the IMO negotiation landscape, demonstrating the capacity of smaller states to effect meaningful policy change. The paper advocates for a robust price on emissions to propel industry mitigation efforts and secure an equitable global transition.

As the international community looks to the IMO to set a precedent with a global price on shipping GHG emissions, the insights and recommendations from "Holomui ki mu’a" provide an insightful framework for ensuring that the perspectives of the most climate-vulnerable nations are prioritized and addressed.


The Micronesia Center for Sustainable Transport (MCST) is excited to share the recording of Webinar 2 from our "Gearing up for MEPC82" series. This session, held on Wednesday May 15, 2024, at 9 am Fiji/RMI time (GMT+12HRS), was nothing short of revolutionary. In this insightful webinar, we explored the introduction of carbon pricing in the shipping industry and discuss various strategies for effectively utilizing the revenues generated. Our expert panel delves into the transformative potential of carbon revenue, including investments in green technologies, support for vulnerable communities, and the promotion of sustainable practices in maritime transport. We are honoured to have Minister Ralph Regenvanu set the stage for our distinguished speakers who provided their valuable perspectives on how to turn carbon pricing into a powerful tool for positive change. Their expertise and vision are crucial as we navigate the path towards a more sustainable future. Thank you for watching, and we hope you find this session as enlightening and motivating as we did. Don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe for more insightful content on sustainable transport solutions.