On July 8, 2013 within the framework of the Conference on commodity and energy markets the G20 Global Marine Environment Protection (GMEP) Initiative website was officially presented in St.Petersburg.
In the aftermath of a major oil spill accident at the Deepwater Horizon platform in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, Russia proposed to enhance international cooperation in the prevention of, preparedness for and dealing with accidents and their consequences in offshore oil and gas exploration and development as well as maritime transportation.
The same year, the G20 Summit in Toronto upheld the Russian proposal and established the first mandate for the GMEP Initiative. Later, in Seoul and Cannes, the G20 Leaders enhanced and specified the request to develop such an initiative. Last year, at the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and other heads of state and government of the G20 confirmed their commitment to this initiative.
The G20 countries, as well as Spain, the Netherlands and Norway, agreed by consensus on the principles and organizational issues of a Mechanism for sharing best practices in prevention of accidents in offshore oil and gas exploration and development, preparedness for such accidents, dealing with them and their consequences, as well as accidents in maritime transportation. The core of this Mechanism is the specially created GMEP website.
The site will become fully operational by the G20 Summit in St.Petersburg in September 5-6, 2013. Traditional face-to-face professional activities like seminars, workshops and conferences, are another component of the Mechanism for sharing best practices.
The stakeholders play a major role in supporting and developing the GMEP website. This process is voluntary and is initiated and developed directly by the participating countries, who are responsible for their input and joint events.
Since 2010, Russia has spearheaded the process of development and implementation of the unique GMEP initiative. In its establishment Russia enjoyed substantive and organizational support from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The Russian Federation also cooperated with the International Regulators Forum and OPEC, other interested parties, including relevant international organizations.
During the conference Ksenia Yudaeva, the Russian G20 Sherpa, emphasized the relevance of the GMEP Initiative and expressed confidence that the new website will become an efficient instrument of collaboration in such an important area as safety of global oil and gas supply.