ECOSOC Current Affairs - 2020

PM Modi to deliver address at 75th anniversary of UN

On July 17, 2020, PM Modi will deliver an address on the eve of 75th anniversary of the UN. The Prime Minister is to speak at the Valedictory of High-Level Segment of UN ECOSOC.


The PM is addressing at the UN for the first time after India won its membership in United Nations Security Council. UNSC consists of 15 members. Out of this, 10 are non-permanent members and 5 are permanent members. India won its membership as non-permanent member. The permanent members are US, UK, Russia, China and France.


The United Nations Economic and Social Council holds high level meet every year. The ECOSOC was established as one of the six principal organs of the United Nations. The first meeting of ECOSOC was held in 1946. India was the first president of ECOSOC.

This year the meet is held under the theme

Theme: Multilateralism after COVID-19: What kind of UN do we need at the 75th anniversary


The event gains its significance as this is the first address of PM Modi to a larger members of the UN after India won its membership in UNSC winning 184 votes out of 192 polled.

25 June: International Day of Seafarer observed

The International Day of the Seafarer is an annual and international event day which is celebrated worldwide on 25 June and is coordinated by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

IMO celebrated the Day of the Seafarer 2019 with Campaign– I Am On Board with gender equality. Just like previous years, the campaign was centred on social media with hashtag: # IAmOnBoard.

About International Day of Seafarer

Background: The Day of the Seafarer was established in 2010 by resolution 19 adopted by 2010 Diplomatic Conference in Manila to adopt revised Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW)Convention,  1978. For the 1st time the day as observed in 2011 and since then it is being observed annually.


The day celebrates and recognizes unique contribution made by seafarers globally to international seaborne trade, civil society and world economy.

The day also encourages governments, shipping organizations, companies, ship owners and all other parties concerned to duly and appropriately promote Day of the Seafarer and take action to celebrate it meaningfully.


IMO is celebrated the Day of the Seafarer by calling on everyone in maritime world and beyond to get on board with 2019’s theme of gender equality and declare their support to Seafarer campaign, which links with IMO World Maritime Day (26 September) theme, Empowering Women in the Maritime Community as well as supports the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals, specifically SDG 5.

About International Maritime Organization

IMO is the United Nations specialized agency which is responsible for regulating shipping, safety and security of shipping and prevention of marine pollution by ships.

It was established on 17 March 1948 and is headquartered in London, United Kingdom (UK).

Its Parent organization is United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).