technologies for greener shipping" has been chosen as the World
Maritime theme for 2022, reflecting the need to support a green transition of
the maritime sector into a sustainable future, while leaving no one behind.
The IMO Council, meeting for its 125th
session (28 June-2 July), endorsed the theme following a proposal by IMO
Secretary-General Kitack Lim
Mr. Lim said the
theme would provide an opportunity to focus on the importance of a sustainable
maritime sector and the need to build back better and greener in a post
IMO actively supports a greener transition of the shipping sector into
a sustainable future: Kitack Lim
supports a greener transition of the shipping sector into a sustainable future,
and showcases maritime innovation, research and development, and the
demonstration and deployment of new technologies," Mr. Lim said.
"In order to
achieve these objectives, partnerships are key, as they allow all parties
involved to share and distribute information on best practices and to access
resources and general know-how in support of the transition of the maritime
sector into a greener and more sustainable future. This theme will allow for a
coordinated outreach and communications campaign by all stakeholders to
highlight IMO initiatives to make shipping greener", Mr. Lim said
The theme will
allow for a range of activities to delve into specific topics related to
promotion of inclusive innovation and uptake of new technologies to support the
needs for a greener transition of the maritime sector, especially in the
context of developing countries, and in particular the small island developing
States (SIDS) and least developed countries (LDCs).
The theme is linked to UN SDGs 13 and 14 on climate action
The theme is
linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly
SDGs 13 and 14 on climate action and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and
marine resources; SDG 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure; and SDG 17,
which highlights the importance of partnerships and implementation to achieve
of Partnerships and Projects (DPP) was established in 2020 to serve as the
gateway for developing partnership opportunities with a wide range of external
partners, including IMO Member States, UN agencies, financial institutions,
NGOs, IGOs and the private sector.
marine plastic litter and biofouling are among the topic areas already being
addressed by the major projects of IMO, including GMN, GloFouling Partnerships,
GreenVoyage2050 and GloLitter Partnerships. All of these projects aim to
support and promote innovation and green technologies.
World Maritime Day Parallel Events
the World Maritime
Day Parallel Event would be celebrated in South Africa in 2022; the Islamic
Republic of Iran in 2023; the Russian Federation in 2024; and the United Arab
Emirates in 2025.