Information
  • Lead-organizer: International Maritime Organization (IMO)
  • 13:00 - 14:30
  • Date: 20 Jun 2012
  • Room: T-5

Sustainable Maritime Development - The Contribution of Maritime Transport to Green Growth and Inclusive Development

Organizing partners

International Maritime Organization (IMO) ? Lead Organization
World Maritime University (WMU)
Panama Maritime Authority
International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)
The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO)
International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH)
International Transport Workers? Federation (ITF)
International Association of Classification Societies (IACS)
Global Oceans Forum
International Hydrographic Organization (IHO)

Introduction

The strategic importance of shipping and maritime activities in a sustainable future:



Sustainable Maritime Development - The Contribution of Maritime Transport to Green Growth and Inclusive Development



The IMO side event will explain how international shipping contributes significantly to the three pillars of sustainable development, the eradication of poverty and the widespread development of green growth. It will also present IMO?s vision of a framework for Sustainable Maritime Development.



Shipping is an essential component of any programme for future sustainable economic growth. A job in shipping is a green job.



Trade can facilitate the structural transformation of developing economies toward higher value-added products, leading to eradication of poverty, greener economies and a positive, beneficial impact on incomes and people.



The regulatory regime developed by IMO, supported by a comprehensive body of guidelines and recommended practices, provides a blueprint for countries to develop their maritime transport infrastructure in a safe, efficient and environmentally sound manner.

Detailed programme

The IMO side event will explain how international shipping contributes significantly to the three pillars of sustainable development and the eradication of poverty and distribution of growth and present IMO?s vision of a framework for Sustainable Maritime Development.

International shipping transports about 90 percent of global trade.

Vital cargoes such as foodstuffs, fuel, commodities, raw materials and finished goods are all transported by sea to peoples and communities all over the world.

Global food security is dependent on a safe and secure delivery method ? and that means international shipping.

Shipping also delivers energy for all, helping populations to develop and build the sustainable cities of today and the future ? we ALL depend on shipping for our lives and livelihoods.

Shipping and maritime activities make a vital contribution to the MDGs.

Shipping is the most efficient and cost-effective method of international transportation for most goods; it provides a dependable, low cost means of transporting goods globally, facilitating commerce and helping to create prosperity among nations and peoples.

Access to overseas markets is a key element for developing and emerging economies to create economic growth. As the delivery mechanism for global trade, shipping supports and sustains a huge number and range of wealth-creating and poverty-alleviating activities in both developed and developing countries.

Trade can facilitate the structural transformation of developing economies toward higher value-added products, leading to eradication of poverty, greener economies and a positive, beneficial impact on incomes and people.

Shipping itself is a considerable generator of wealth, much of it for developing countries. More than 1.5 million people are employed as seafarers. Ancillary activities such as shipbuilding, ship repair and ship recycling provide employment for many more ? again with a strong emphasis in the developing world.

Fisheries, too, provide an essential source of food and of commercial employment for millions, especially in the developing world. The safety of fishermen and fishing vessels forms an integral part of IMO?s mandate through which the Organization is making significant development to enhance safety at sea.

With more than half the world?s population living near the coast, the importance of integrated coastal zone management, including port development and the protection of coastal and marine resources, is of particular importance to sustainable development.

Shipping is the most environmentally sound and energy efficient means of moving huge quantities of cargoes and people.

Shipping is an essential component of any programme for future sustainable economic growth. A job in shipping is a green job.

The pivotal position of IMO as the UN agency responsible for shipping

The world relies on a safe, secure and efficient international shipping industry. This is provided by the regulatory framework developed and maintained by IMO, a specialized agency of the United Nations.

IMO measures cover all aspects of international shipping ? including ship design, construction, equipment, manning, operation and disposal ? to ensure that this vital resource for future sustainable development remains:

? safe
? environmentally sound
? energy-efficient
? secure

IMO also addresses the human element in shipping, ensuring that standards of education and training are uniform, appropriate and keep pace with developing technology.

The regulatory regime developed by IMO, supported by a comprehensive body of guidelines and recommended practices, provides a blueprint for countries to develop their maritime transport infrastructure in a safe, efficient and environmentally sound manner. The major IMO conventions have been ratified and implemented by countries responsible for more than 99% of the global merchant fleet. More recently, IMO has also adopted the first ever global and legally binding CO2 standard for an industry sector.

It also enables them to protect and manage their coastal and marine resources.

Through its technical co-operation activities, IMO helps build capacity to enable developing countries to participate fully in maritime activities. This generates wealth, jobs and economic activity not only in the maritime sector but in other areas that rely on maritime trade for access to global markets.

To achieve these objectives, IMO carries out needs? assessments in developing countries and follows up with training, education and workshops to grow sustainable maritime-sector capabilities in the developing world.

IMO?s side event at Rio+20 will not only highlight the huge contribution already being made by shipping and by IMO towards greater sustainability, it will also showcase the many positive and pro-active steps that are currently being taken to ensure that shipping continues to serve the needs of an expanding global population while becoming greener, more efficient and more effective.


Speakers and panelists:

IMO, Secretary?General, Mr. Koji Sekimizu
WMU, President, Mr. Bjorn Kjerve
Panama Maritime Authority, General Director, Mr. Alfonso Castillero
ICS, Secretary-General, Mr. Peter Hinchliffe
BIMCO, Mr. L. R. Pedersen, Deputy Secretary-General
IAPH, Mr. Fer M.J.van de Laar, Managing Director
ITF, Mr. B-E Kristoffersen, Permanent Representative to the IMO
IACS, Mr. Paul Sadler, Permanent Secretariat
Global Oceans Forum, Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain, President
IHO, TBC
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