World Maritime Day 2020 online event - 24 September 2020, from 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (BST (London, United Kingdom))

As an NGO in consultative status with IMO, IMLA is entitled to join the IMO's World Maritime Day 2020 online event to be held on Thursday, 24 September 2020.

World Maritime Day is an official United Nations international observance which takes place every year at the end of September. It is organized by IMO and aims to increase awareness on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment, and annually  emphasizes a particular theme relevant to IMO's work, which for 2020 is Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet.

To address this theme, the online event will cover topics, including how a sustainable shipping industry could contribute to the sustainable planet we long for, and the work IMO is doing to support this aim. The panel will also look into how the COVID-19 pandemic has made this year’s theme even more relevant and the challenges it has presented  for shipping .

We are pleased to announce that the panel will be composed of the following distinguished experts:


• H.E. Prof. Ricardo Serrão Santos, Minister of the Sea (Portugal)

• H.E. Mr. Robert Courts MP, Minister for Aviation, Maritime and Security, Department for Transport (United Kingdom)

• Dr. Jaouad Mahjour, Assistant Director-General, Emergency Preparedness, World Health Organization Health Emergencies Programme (WHO)

• Mr. Alastair Fischbacher, President Elect and Trustee at The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)

• Ms. Birgit Marie Liodden, Founder and CEO, The Ocean Opportunity Lab 


The debate will be moderated by Mr. Frederick J. Kenney, Director, Legal Affairs and External Relations Division, and participants will be able to submit questions during the webinar through the Live event Q&A window.

This event will be held on Thursday, 24 September 2020, from 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (BST (London, United Kingdom)) in English only. No registration is required; please download Teams or use the Teams web app and then, on the day of the event, just click here.


We look forward to your participation!



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