The International Maritime Organization observed World Maritime Day on the last Thursday of September. This year, it will be observed on September 29. The day focuses on drawing public attention to maritime safety and the marine environment. The World Maritime Day 2022 Parallel Event will be organized in Durban, South Africa from 12th to 14th October 2022.
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World Maritime Day: Theme
The theme for World Maritime Day 2022 is ‘New technologies for greener shipping’ – which reflects the need to support a “green transition of the maritime sector into a sustainable future while leaving no one behind.” The theme for this year reflects the need to support a green transition of the maritime sector into a sustainable future while leaving no one behind. It provides an opportunity to focus on the importance of a sustainable maritime sector and the need to build back better and greener in a post-pandemic world.
World Maritime Day: Significance
According to United Nations data, international shipping transports more than “80 per cent of global trade to peoples and communities all over the world.” The report suggested that shipping is the most efficient method of international transportation for most goods. It provides a dependable, low-cost means of transporting goods globally that facilitates commerce and helps create prosperity among people and nations.
World Maritime Day: History
In 1948, an international conference in Geneva passed a specialized convention that established the IMO, an agency under the United Nations. It was established to develop and maintain a comprehensive regulatory framework for shipping. The main objective of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) remains to focus on areas such as safety, environmental issues, legal issues, technical cooperation, maritime safety and maritime efficiency. World Maritime Day was celebrated for the first time on March 17, 1978.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- International Maritime Organization Headquarters: London, United Kingdom;
- International Maritime Organization Founded: 17 March 1958;
- International Maritime Organization Founder: United Nations;
- International Maritime Organization Secretary-General: Kitack Lim.