IMO launches 2013 World Maritime Day theme

International Maritime Organisatio (IMO) Secretary-General, Mr. Koji Sekimizu, has launched this year’s World Maritime Day theme, Sustainable development: IMO’s contribution beyond Rio+20, calling on governments and the shipping industry to join together and provide a positive contribution towards formulating sustainable maritime development goals.
Speaking at a reception to mark the launch of the theme, at the end of the first day of the 56th session of the Sub-Committee on Fire Protection (FP), Sekimizu said that, as the United Nations’ (UN”s) international regulatory body for shipping, IMO has been, and continues to be, the focal point for, and the driving force behind, efforts to ensure that the industry becomes greener and cleaner.

The development of sustainable development goals for the maritime transport sector, will be IMO’s own contribution to the UN-led work on sustainable development goals, following on from the UN Conference on Sustainable Development held in Rio de Janeiro (Rio+20), June last year.
Sekimizu said that it was his intention to launch consultations on sustainable maritime development goals early this year, with a view to preparing a final policy document, which should include a clear concept of sustainable development for the maritime industries and realistic but ambitious goals.
A task force established by Sekimizu has started work on eight pillars around which sustainable maritime development goals could be set: safety culture and environmental stewardship; energy efficiency; new technology and innovation; maritime education and training; maritime security and anti-piracy actions; maritime traffic management; maritime infrastructure development; and global standards at IMO.

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