WORLD MARITIME DAY 2013 IMO reviews contribution to sustainable devt beyond Rio+20

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) will today, 2013 World Maritime Day, host a special one-day symposium on a Sustainable Maritime Transportation System.
The symposium has been arranged in order to provide member-states, industry and other stakeholders an opportunity to discuss and reflect on the theme of this year’s World Maritime Day: Sustainable Development: IMO’s contribution beyond Rio+20.
As background for the symposium, a Concept of a Sustainable Maritime Transportation System has been developed.

The concept and symposium intend to provide an overview of the maritime transportation system’s contribution to the environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainable development.
The symposium will include sessions on: sustainable development in a global context; the human component of sustainable maritime development; the role of new technology and innovation in sustainable maritime development; and supporting a sustainable maritime transportation system.
Speakers will include: IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu; Chief Executive, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Mr. Lam Yi Young; and Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Mr. Achim Steiner.
Nigeria has deferred her celebration of this year’s World Maritime Day for Monday, next week, in activities billed for Calabar, the Cross River State capital.