World Maritime Day


Date: Last Thursday of September (29 September, 2016)

Organized By: UN, International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Categories: General Knowledge, Day-Week-Year-Importance

Suggested For: Bank Exams, Civil Services Exam, MBA Exams, UPSC Exams, SSC Exams


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Background

To remember the contribution of international maritime industry towards the world’s economy, United Nations (UN) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrate the World Maritime Day. The event’s date varies by year and country but it is always on the last week of 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.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations with 168 Member States and Three Associate Members. The IMO was first established by Geneva Convention in 1948 and first met in 1959. The main task has been to develop and maintain a comprehensive regulatory framework for shipping.


Actions and Programs

The day focuses 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 is celebrated in many countries worldwide with different activities and events.

Some events and activities on the day includes symposiums, seminars, school lessons, exhibitions, etc. which aims to show importance and significance of the maritime industry in shaping world history and its importance in world trade.


Theme

2016: Shipping: indispensable to the world

2015: Maritime education and training

2014: IMO conventions: effective implementation

2013: Sustainable Development: IMO’s contribution beyond Rio+20


 

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