This year IMO celebrates two anniversaries: 70 years since the Convention establishing the Organization was adopted, and 60 years since it has entered into force. The IMO Convention was adopted on 6 March 1948, at the UN Maritime Conference held in Geneva, Switzerland, and entered into force 10 years later, on 17 March 1958, when Japan became the 21st State to ratify the treaty.
On this occasion, the World Maritime Day theme for the year is “IMO 70: Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future”. This provides the opportunity to take stock and look back, but also to look forward, addressing current and future challenges for maritime transport to maintain a continued and strengthened contribution towards sustainable growth for all.
In his message for the anniversary and WMD 2018, IMO Secretary-General noted that IMO’s heritage for 70 years has been “to drive improvement in shipping to achieve a better world today.”