Dear correspondence group members,
One of the decision taken during our first meeting in October 2013 was to set up a forum to exchange views and information on progress made towards the ratification and implementation of the 2010 HNS Protocol.
This blog has been established for that purpose and we hope that you will make the best use of it. We look forward to seeing your contributions soon.
Happy new year to all and thank you to those who responded to my initial email message. You can always add recipients to the distribution list by contacting myself anytime.
This message is in anticipation of the upcoming meetings of the IMO Legal Committee (April 28-May 2) and the IOPC Funds meeting (May 6-9). As you know, there is a regular item on the agenda of the Legal Committee with regards the monitoring and implementation of the HNS Convention: Facilitation of the entry into force and harmonized interpretation of the HNS Protocol, 2010. I have discussed with both Secretariats and I would like to propose to the Correspondence Group that we take advantage to continue our discussions in the Legal Committee under this agenda item. It is also apparent that many States seek additional information and models on national implementation of the HNS Convention.
In this regard, Canada will submit a document to the Legal Committee that will: (i) inform the Committee of the developments since the last meeting with respect to the informal meeting held last October and the reforming of this Correspondence Group, and (ii) provide additional information on the Canadian implementation of the HNS Convention.