A summary of international conventions signed and ratified by ASEAN Member States is shown in the table below:
|ASEAN Member State||OPRC 90||CLC 92||FUND 92||BUNKER|
A snapshot of relevant plans and policies in the national frameworks of ASEAN Member States further illustrates the varying state of preparedness across the region and highlights opportunities for improvement.
Impact of COVID-19 to GISEA: Advisory from the IMO and Message from Industry Chair
Following the decision taken by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday, 11 Mar 2020, to recognise COVID-19 as a Pandemic, and in view of the increasing number of cases worldwide, the IMO has decided to postpone future meetings. In this context, as a precautionary measure, it was also decided to postpone missions and technical cooperation activities abroad until further notice in the best interest of the participants, experts and host countries.
In addition the above advisory, please find below, a message from the Industry Chairperson of the GISEA Steering Committee:
Events arising from the COVID-19 Pandemic have placed us in unprecedented times, and fundamentally affect the work we do. Government instruction and border controls to protect ourselves, and our fellow citizens, have imposed huge but necessary restrictions on many of us.
Within GISEA, we make no distinction between our concern for the health and safety of our beneficiary countries in the ASEAN Region, that of our coordination team, and that of society at large. In this context, as a precautionary measure, and in alignment with United Nations guidelines, we have postponed all physical meetings and activities in the region until further notice. This is in everyone’s best interests.
Despite the uncertainty, we will continue our work, for the benefit of the ASEAN Region, our members and partners. While all face-to-face meetings have been postponed, the team continues to operate remotely from Singapore, and maintains digital contact with in-country focal points, industry members, the IMO, IPIECA, and related professionals. We would like to express our sincere appreciation for your continued support to GI SEA, to enable the Project to safely deliver the technical cooperation programme during these challenging times. As the situation further develops, we will endeavour to keep you updated.
I wish you and your families good health and best wishes for the challenging months ahead.
GISEA will continue to closely monitor developments related to COVID-19 and provide updates to the National and Industrial Focal Points, where appropriate.
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In a Joint-Communiqué to national authorities, the IMO and IPIECA, as the principals underpinning the Global Initiative (GI) Programme, reaffirmed their commitment to support countries to remain prepared for marine pollution incidents during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The IMO and IPIECA continue to engage with the international preparedness and response community, and encourage Member States and stakeholders to keep abreast of the latest COVID-19 guidance provided on the IMO website.
Possible options to continue providing capacity building and technical assistance in preparedness and response are being explored; notably, the GI (Global Initiative) and other Regional Programmes which encourage the implementation of the OPRC, are adapting their approach to provide remote assistance. Through communication technology and innovative delivery solutions, the GI Projects seek to share relevant and trustworthy information, and pursue the implementation of technical cooperation where possible.
The IMO and IPIECA therefore encourage Member States and stakeholders, where they have capacity to do so, to engage with the GI Projects and other relevant Regional Programmes, to seek assistance to prepare for a possible spill response during this pandemic, or help sustain capacity building efforts.