We have been approached by the Italian delegation to the IOPC Funds with a request to contact the HNS Correspondence Group about a workshop on the HNS Convention being organised in Italy later this year.
It is being organised by the Italian Interdepartmental Committee on IOPC Funds, under the auspices of the Prime Minister’s Office, and will take place on Friday 10 October 2014, in Rome.
The workshop is intended to facilitate States’ preparations for the ratification of the 2010 HNS Protocol, with particular emphasis on the practicalities of the Convention as they relate to entry into force. One objective is to alert the various branches of the Administration as well as the private sector to the specificities of the implementation requirements introduced by the HNS Protocol. Other aspects will include a regional dimension, providing some insights into specific issues related to the Mediterranean. But overall, it is clearly an event to maintain the momentum towards early entry into force, provide another opportunity for discussions among States and other interested stakeholders and generally raise the awareness about this important topic.