The IMO Secretary-General's long-term goal is to move towards sustainable maritime development, through the development of Sustainable Maritime Development Goals. IMO will undertake this effort in parallel with the development of the Sustainable Development Goals by the UN, as part of the outcome of the 2012 Rio +20 Conference.
Shipping is an essential component of any programme for sustainable development. The world relies on a safe, secure and efficient international shipping industry, and this is ensured by the comprehensive regulatory framework developed, and maintained, by IMO.
The development and implementation, through IMO, of global standards covering maritime safety, environmental protection, maritime security and the facilitation of maritime traffic, will underpin green and sustainable shipping and confirm IMO’s ability to provide the appropriate institutional framework for sustainable maritime development.
The development of Sustainable Development Goals for the maritime industry will focus on eight pillars:
1. safety culture and environment stewardship;
2. energy efficiency;
3. new technology and innovation;
4. maritime education and training;
5. maritime security and anti-piracy actions;
6. maritime traffic management;
7. maritime infrastructure development; and
8. the adoption and implementation of global standards by IMO.
Shipping is the most efficient and cost-effective method of international transportation for most goods; it provides a dependable, low cost means of transporting goods globally, facilitating commerce and helping to create prosperity among nations and peoples.