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World Maritime Day

The World Maritime Day theme for 2013 is “Sustainable Development: International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) contribution beyond Rio+20.” The theme was put forth in order to focus the IMO’s efforts on the commitments to be made at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). These efforts are based on the UNCSD themes of the institutional framework for sustainable development (IFSD) and a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. This day encourages the need for global standards that are “developed and maintained by IMO with a view to ensuring safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sound international shipping."