Every year IMO celebrates World Maritime Day. The exact date is left to individual Governments but is usually celebrated during the last week in September. The day is used to focus attention on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment and to emphasize a particular aspect of IMO's work.
World Maritime Day 2013: Sustainable Development: IMO's contribution beyond Rio+20
The theme was chosen in order to focus IMO’s efforts during 2013 on carrying out the commitments made at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, better known as Rio+20, held in June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
World Maritime Day 2013 is on Thursday 26 September.
This year's World Maritime Day Parallel Event will be held in Lima, Peru on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 October 2013.