"Connecting ships, ports and people", is critical to the community of Caribbean countries as we seek to recover from the ravages of hurricanes Irma and Maria. World Maritime Day this year highlights the importance of shipping and those who manage it, as well as their importance to everyone else. The swift movement of emergency supplies and reconstruction materials depends on the links between ships, ports and people.
The aim of the 2017 theme is to build on the World Maritime Day theme for 2016, "Shipping: indispensable to the world", by focussing on helping International Maritime Organization (IMO) Member States to develop and implement maritime strategies to invest in a joined-up, interagency approach that addresses the whole range of issues, including the facilitation of maritime transport, and increasing efficiency, navigational safety, protection of the marine environment, and maritime security.
In this way, IMO will be contributing to achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are a broad response to the challenges facing the world today – increasing world population; climate change; threats to the environment; unsustainable exploitation of natural resources; threats to food security; societal threats posed by organized criminals and violent extremists; and instability leading to mixed migration.
Ultimately, more efficient shipping, working in partnership with a port sector supported by governments, will be a major driver towards global stability and sustainable development for the good of all people.
Read more about World Maritime Day at the International Maritime Organization's official website: