"The human element in shipping will be increasingly important as the industry moves towards ever higher standards of safety, environmental impact and sustainability, and seeks to do its part to implement the new Sustainable Development Goals."
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Shipping: indispensable to the world
The theme for World Maritime Day 2016 is "Shipping: indispensable to the world". The theme was chosen to focus on the critical link between shipping and global society and to raise awareness of the relevance of the role of IMO as the global regulatory body for international shipping. The importance of shipping to support and sustain today's global society gives IMO's work a significance that reaches far beyond the industry itself.
World Maritime Day will be celebrated at IMO Headquarters on 29 September 2016
The 2016 World Maritime Day Parallel Event will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 4 to 6 November 2016.