IMO: “Sustainable maritime transport for a sustainable planet”

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council, during its 122nd session at the IMO headquarters in London, endorsed the theme proposed by the IMO Secretary General, Kitack Lim.

“I believe that this motto will provide flexibility to the Secretariat and to the Member States by highlighting the innumerable issues and challenges that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development entails.

“At the same time, it will provide excellent opportunities to highlight the already significant contributions of global shipping and IMO to build that sustainable future,” said Kitack Lim.

“The year 2020 will mark the beginning of a decade of action and delivery. It will be a decisive decade, not only for the maritime industry, but for life on the planet,” said Lim.

The IMO is safeguarding the environment.

The IMO is safeguarding the environment.

In addition, he added that “in September 2019 the Heads of State will meet at the United Nations in New York to assess the extent to which the world has reached in fulfilling the commitments to sustainable development.

“The Summit of Sustainable Development Objects (SDGs), the World Climate Action Summit and other high-level meetings in 2020, such as the United Nations Oceans Conference and the ‘Our Ocean’ Conference will provide opportunities for leaders from various sectors, including maritime transport, both to reflect on the work done and to define the urgent measures that need to be planned to achieve a sustainable future.’’

The Secretary General added that “the maritime transport sector, with the support of the IMO regulatory framework, has already begun the transition towards this sustainable future.

“We have adopted and continue to develop measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the sulfur content of fuel oil from ships, implement the Ballast Water Management Convention, protect polar regions, reduce marine debris, improve the effectiveness of maritime transport through the electronic exchange of information, face the challenges of the digitalization of maritime transport and improve the participation of women in the maritime community.”

“We are strategically equipped in line with the approach established in the SDG strategy of the IMO Secretariat, to show our contribution to the SDGs and to take advantage of unexploited opportunities for technologies, finance and new partnerships for the future benefit of the industry, shipping companies and humanity,” he concluded.

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