World Maritime Day for 2014 is Thursday, 25 September.
The theme for this year’s World Maritime Day (IMO conventions: effective implementation) was chosen in order to provide an opportunity to shine a spotlight on those IMO treaty instruments which have not yet entered into force, as well as those for which ratification by more States and more effective implementation would yield significant benefits.
IMO has, over the years, built up an enviable track record for developing and adopting new international conventions, some 53 in all, aimed at ensuring that international shipping keeps up to date with technical and technological advances in safety, that it addresses the ever increasing number of environmental challenges and concerns of Member Governments and that it facilitates the payment of compensation in appropriate situations.
Nevertheless, adoption alone is only the first step of the treaty-making process; to be effective, adoption must be followed by entry into force and, subsequently, widespread implementation of the measures put in place by the conventions.
Download the World Maritme Day 2014 message from IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu and background paper in English, click here.
You can also read here the speech by IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu on the occasion of Reception to launch the 2014 theme for World Maritime Day “IMO conventions: effective implementation”..
The traditional diplomatic reception to celebrate the Day will be held at IMO Headquarters on 25 September 2014.
Source : IMO World Maritime Day 2014