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UNCED LogoReport of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED)
Rio de Janeiro, 3-14 June 1992

Extract from the section on: 
Prevention, reduction and control of degradation of the marine environment from sea-based activities

"17.30. States, acting individually, bilaterally, regionally or multilaterally and within the framework of IMO and other relevant international organizations, whether subregional, regional or global, as appropriate, should assess the need for additional measures to address degradation of the marine environment: 

(a) From shipping by:

(vi) Considering the adoption of appropriate rules on ballast water discharge to prevent the spread of non-indigenous organisms"

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