IMO World Maritime Day Current Affairs - 2019

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Last Thursday of September celebrated as World Maritime Day (WMD), 2019

Every Year, World Maritime Day (WMD) is observed on the last Thursday of September. This year, it is being observed on September 26, 2019. This day marks date of adaptation of International Maritime Organization (IMO) Convention in 1958. The day was first observed in 1978. It acknowledges the importance of maritime industry and to highlight importance of shipping safety, maritime security and marine environment.

World Maritime Day, 2019: Theme

The theme of World Maritime Day, 2019 is “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community”. The theme provides  an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality, in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and to highlight the important – yet underutilized – contribution of women within the maritime sector.

International Maritime Organization (IMO)

IMO is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for regulating shipping. It was established in 1948 in Geneva as ICMO and came into force in 1959. Its headquarters are in London, United Kingdom. It has 171 member states and 3 associate members. India was one of the earliest members of IMO and had joined it as member-state in 1959. IMO’s functions are to develop and maintain a comprehensive regulatory framework for shipping and its remit. This framework addresses various areas like safety, legal matters, environmental concerns, technical co-operation, maritime security and efficiency of shipping.

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.

Objective:

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.

Celebration:

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).