IMO has, over the years, built up an enviable track record for developing and adopting new international conventions, some 53 in all, aimed at ensuring that international shipping keeps up to date with technical and technological advances in safety, that it addresses the ever increasing number of environmental challenges and concerns of Member Governments and that it facilitates the payment of compensation in appropriate situations.
Nevertheless, adoption alone is only the first step of the treaty-making process; to be effective, adoption must be followed by entry into force and, subsequently, widespread implementation of the measures put in place by the conventions.
Watch the video message by IMO Secretary-General, Koji Sekimizu
Listen to the podcast
Click here for the podcast: Find out the answers: What is World Maritime Day? What are the aims of this year’s theme and how will it be celebrated at IMO HQ and around the world?
Message and background paper
For the World Maritime Day message from IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu and background paper in English, click here.
Arabic الأمين العام للمنظمة البحرية الدولية
French Conventions de l'OMI : Application efficace
Russian Конвенции ИМО: эффективное осуществление
Spanish Convenios de la OMI: Implantación efectiva
Message of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
World Maritime Day icons to download (in six languages).
The traditional diplomatic reception to celebrate the Day was held at IMO Headquarters on 25 September 2014.
World Maritime Day Parallel Event