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World Maritime Day 2013: “Sustainable Development: IMO's contribution beyond Rio+20”

World Maritime Day 2013: “Sustainable Development: IMO's contribution beyond Rio+20”

Briefing: 39, September 16, 2013

IMO will host a special one-day symposium on a Sustainable Maritime Transportation System, on 26 September 2013, World Maritime Day.
The Symposium has been arranged in order to provide Member States, industry and other stakeholders an opportunity to discuss and reflect on the theme of this year’s World Maritime Day theme: "Sustainable Development: IMO's contribution beyond Rio+20".
As background for the Symposium, a Concept of a Sustainable Maritime Transportation System has been developed (the document can be downloaded here).
The concept and symposium intend to provide an overview of the maritime transportation system’s contribution to the environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainable development.
The symposium will include sessions on: sustainable development in a global context; the human component of sustainable maritime development; the role of new technology and innovation in sustainable maritime development; and supporting a sustainable maritime transportation system.
Speakers will include: IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu; Mr. Lam Yi Young, Chief Executive, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA); and Mr. Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) (via videolink).
The  programme can be downloaded on the IMO website: 


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