The 24th of September 2020 marks the ‘World Maritime Day’. The theme for this year is “Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet”, and is the perfect opportunity to showcase the work the IMO is undertaking to achieve its targets, inline with those set by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
With International shipping accounting for more than 80% of global trade, developing measures to finding greener solutions is imperative. In fact sustainable shipping is one of the major priorities of IMO in the coming years. Various measures are being introduced to cut greenhouse gas emissions, implement the Ballast Water Management Convention, reduce the sulphur content of ships’ fuel oil, adopt and improve latest methods of digitalization of shipping and enhance the participation of women amongst others.
This year’s event will be celebrated during an online event, whilst transportation for vital medical supplies, food and other basic goods which are critical for the COVID-19 response and recovery pandemic are continued.
Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the IMO, remembered the professionalism and sacrifice of the two million seafarers who serve on the world’s merchant fleet especially during these trying times and highlighted how shipping and maritime will be at the heart of each country’s economic recovery.
For businesses, private individuals and communities alike, shipping provides the most cost-effective solution for the transportation of most goods. Shipping is also highly reliable which makes it one of the most important sources of prosperity in various nations.
The importance of International days is undeniable as they set off or reinforce a movement of political ideas, social change and economic renewal. Last year the theme for the World Maritime Day was “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community” whilst in 2018 the theme was “IMO 70: Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future”.
For more information, and to attend the online event visit the IMO’s website.