A world without shipping is world that is simply unimaginable. Almost everyone on this planet owes a debt of gratitude to this unsung industry – even if very few of them realise it. That is why the IMO Council has chosen "Shipping: indispensable to the world" as our theme for World Maritime Day 2016. We need to tell this story. We need to help people understand how vital – literally – shipping is, and raise awareness of the critical link between shipping and global society.
Throughout the modern world, people rely on ships to transport the commodities, fuel, foodstuffs, goods and products on which they depend. Maritime transport is the backbone of international trade and global markets. It keeps people fed, clothed, sheltered and entertained.
Sustainable economic growth, food security, employment, prosperity and stability – these are the qualities people strive for today and they are at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 specific goals it embraces. They can all be enhanced through developing maritime trade, improving port infrastructure and efficiency, and promoting seafaring as a career – especially within the developing world. Shipping and related maritime activities are essential components of future sustainable growth for the earth’s 7 billion-plus inhabitants – and this gives IMO's work a significance that reaches far beyond the industry itself.
It is thanks to the global fleet of ships and an international workforce of over one million seafarers that the import and export of goods to sustain the modern world can take place. As the World Maritime Day theme for 2016 so rightly acknowledges, shipping is indispensable to the world – and is set to remain central to economic growth as we make the inevitable transition towards an era of clean and sustainable development. This is a message that needs, and deserves, a wider audience.
This 2016 World Maritime Day Parallel Event in Turkey is a great opportunity to amplify that message and help raise awareness of the critical link between shipping and global society.
Almost 75% of the world’s surface is covered by oceans and around 90% of
world trade is carried by international shipping. In parallel with the increase in
world trade volume and rapidly advancing technologies, shipping has become
the primary mode of transport for the movement of goods, as it is the most
efficient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly method for international
In this respect, shipping plays an indispensable role in world trade and global economy and thus for the welfare of nations and people. To highlight its significance to the world, “Shipping: Indispensable to the World” is selected as the theme of World Maritime Day for 2016 by IMO.
Turkey has the honor to host this year’s Parallel Event organized within the framework of World Maritime Day celebrations. I am confident that the event will remind the international community of the importance of IMO’s role to foster safe, secure and efficient shipping on clean oceans, as well as of the benefits that we receive from the seas and the oceans. Being the host country, I would like to assure our guests that the government of Turkey devotes every effort in collaboration with nationwide institutions to ensure the successful organization of the event and make them feel at home.
I look forward to meeting you all in the beautiful city of Istanbul in November 2016.
Turkey is proud of hosting World Maritime Day Parallel Event within the framework of World Maritime Day celebrations, which will be held in Haliç Congress Centre between 4 and 6 November 2016. The World Maritime Day theme for 2016 "Shipping: indispensable to the world" was chosen to focus on the critical link between shipping and global society and to raise awareness of the relevance of the role of IMO as the global regulatory body for international shipping. The importance of shipping to support and sustain today's global society gives IMO's work a significance that reaches far beyond the industry itself.