The International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced that the theme of the World Maritime Day 2017 will be “Connecting Ships, Ports and People” following a proposal by Secretary-General Kitack Lim to the IMO Council.
Addressing the IMO Council, meeting for its 116th session at IMO Headquarters in London, Mr. Lim said the theme would provide an opportunity to work with developed and developing countries, shipping and public and private sector ports with a view to identifying and promoting best practices and building bridges between the many diverse actors involved in these areas.
Mr. Lim commented on the newly announced theme:
“The aim is to build on the World Maritime Day theme for 2016, “Shipping: indispensable to the world”, by focusing on helping Member States to develop and implement maritime strategies to invest in a joined-up, interagency approach that addresses the whole range of issues, including the facilitation of maritime transport, and increasing efficiency, navigational safety, protection of the marine environment, and maritime security.”
Key objectives will include improving cooperation between ports and ships, and developing a closer partnership between the two sectors; raising global standards and setting norms for the safety, security and efficiency of ports, and for port and coastal State authorities; and standardizing port procedures through identifying and developing best practice guidance and training materials.
In this way, IMO will be reportedly contributing to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are a broad response to the challenges facing the world today – increasing world population; climate change; threats to the environment; unsustainable exploitation of natural resources; threats to food security; societal threats posed by organized criminals and violent extremists; and instability leading to mixed migration.
“Ultimately, more efficient shipping, working in partnership with a port sector supported by governments, will be a major driver towards global stability and sus
tainable development for the good of all people,” Mr. Lim said.