World Maritime Day
In 2020, the UNs World Maritime Day is focused on drawing attention to the Sustainable Development Goals in reference to sustainable shipping. Internationals Days are designed to increase awareness and educate the general public in relation to issues of worldwide importance. You can become involved by sharing information via your social media platforms, discussing issues with friends and families or by making positive changes in your own life or business.
Each year, International Days have a specific theme designed to increase awareness of certain issues. This year, the theme is “sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet”.
From the UN’s website:
The theme will provide opportunities for leaders from various sectors, including shipping, to both reflect on the work done and the urgent steps they further plan towards a sustainable future.
The shipping industry, with the support of the IMO regulatory framework, has already started the transition towards this sustainable future. IMO has adopted and will continue to develop measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the sulphur content of ships’ fuel oil, implement the Ballast Water Management Convention, protect the polar regions, reduce marine litter, improve the efficiency of shipping through the electronic exchange of information, meet the challenges of the digitalization of shipping and enhance the participation of women in the maritime community.
Actions we can take to support sustainable shipping practices:
The promotion of sustainable shipping and sustainable maritime development is one of the major priorities of IMO in the coming years. Therefore, energy efficiency, new technology and innovation, maritime education and training, maritime security, maritime traffic management and the development of the maritime infrastructure: the development and implementation of global standards covering these and other issues will underpin IMO’s commitment to provide the institutional framework necessary for a green and sustainable global maritime transportation system.
IMO supports gender equality and the empowerment of women through gender-specific fellowships; by facilitating access to high-level technical training for women in the maritime sector in developing countries; and creating the environment in which women are identified and selected for career development opportunities in maritime administrations, ports and maritime training institutes.
Read more about this event and the United Nation’s International Days and how you can help.