In 2018, IMO will celebrate 70 years since the Convention
establishing the Organization was adopted, says IMO.
The World Maritime Day theme for the year is "IMO 70:
Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future".
This provides the opportunity to take stock and look back,
but also to look forward, addressing current and future challenges for maritime
transport to maintain a continued and strengthened contribution towards
sustainable growth for all.
A series of activities and events are planned to mark the 70
years since the Convention establishing IMO was adopted in March 1948. They will also look
ahead, to the future.
Events will include (further details will be made available in
March 2018 - a ceremony to mark the date when the IMO Convention
was adopted will be held at IMO Headquarters.
15 May 2018 - a high level forum will be held at IMO
Headquarters to discuss the Organization's history, its future challenges and
role within the global trade in a changing world.
25 June 2018 - the annual Day of the Seafarer.
Late September 2018 - World Maritime Day celebrated at IMO
Headquarters and around the world.
During 2018 – in conjunction with the International Congress of
Maritime Museums a travelling exhibition will tour participating maritime
During 2018 – a photography contest will be held.
Member Governments and international organizations are
encouraged to organize events throughout the year to celebrate #IMO70 .