The Expo took place in Korea’s southern port city of Yeosu, focusing on The Living Ocean and Coast: Diversity of Resources and Sustainable Activities.
The Yeosu Expo provided an opportunity to enhance the international community’s perception of the function and value of the ocean and coast, share knowledge on the proper use of the ocean and coast and recognize the need for cooperation in the marine sector.
It also served as a venue to learn about the achievements of and future models for the marine sector and offered a valuable chance to promote state-of-the-art marine science and technology and marine industries.
The UN Pavilion at Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea featured a vibrant "blue world" - the oceans and coasts that are so crucial for human well-being and for a smoothly functioning global economy.
The exhibits aimed to raise awareness about the importance of healthy, safe and sustainable oceans. The displays also highlighted the invaluable services and ecosystem functions provided by oceans and coasts - from the food we eat to the oxygen we breathe.
IMO was part of the UN pavilion in the Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea which brought together more than 20 UN agencies, funds and programmes and international organizations to showcase their collective work in helping to protect and sustainably use our oceans and coasts.
As the international regulatory body for the industry, IMO has been, and continues to be, the focal point for, and the driving force behind, efforts to ensure that shipping becomes greener and cleaner.
IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu was among the high-level attendees at the Yeosu Expo, where IMO will take the opportunity to showcase its leadership role in this regard and build on its long-standing commitment to sustainable maritime development.