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IMO Announces Plans to Develop Maritime Sustainability Goals

IMO21 June 2012: The Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Koji Sekimizu, addressed issues related to maritime sustainability throughout several events at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

During a high-level round table discussion titled “Looking at the way forward in implementing the expected outcomes of the Conference," Sekimizu also announced the intention of the IMO to develop an action programme for the implementation of maritime sustainable goals, which would address: energy efficiency to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from ships; new technology and innovation; maritime education and training; maritime security and anti-piracy actions; maritime traffic management; maritime infrastructure development; and the creation of global standards maintained by IMO.

During an earlier side-event, convened by the IMO, Sekimizu also stated that the promotion of sustainable shipping and sustainable maritime development would comprise one of the major priorities during his tenure as Secretary-General. [Speech from the Rio+20 High Level Round Table] [IMO Press Release] [IMO Website]