The environmental crisis is most challenging than ever, with the seas being warmer than at any point in the human history and life underwater is facing many threats. Thus, the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 “Life Under Water” establishes a wide-ranging goal to “conserve and sustainably use the world’s oceans, seas and marine resources”.
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In light of the marine pollution, the climate change upon ocean ecosystems and the habital loss that the ocean is dealing with, the United Nations Development Program lauched the Ocean Innovation Challenge (OIC) in order to face those negative impacts and boost the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 14 (SDGs) targets.
On 11 February, the global community celebrates the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, aiming to defy gender bias and defeat discriminations that holds women and girls back in STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering and Math) fields.
Last year’s Global Maritime Forum’s Annual Summit had ‘Taking the lead’ as a tagline. According to GMF, the global maritime industry has been able to address some of its most pressing issues and act as a leader. While many of the issues will remain, the efforts that have been taken to tackle corruption and the impacts on the environment have been considered successful examples of collective action to address global issues.
While there is a general acknowledgement of the importance of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) among organizations, there is room for more concrete action to take place in support of the SDGs if these are to be achieved by 2030, says a recent study by PwC.
Our special column asked from the winners of the first CAREER4SEA – EUROPORT Awards, which were announced in early November on the sidelines of EUROPORT, to suggest ways in order to support gender diversity in shipping and give motives to younger generations for investing in a career in the industry.
Ten ports in the Nordic Region have agreed upon a declaration focusing on sustainable port management. Notably, the joint declaration shows a regional commitment to collaborate on environmental challenges related to UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Former UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, highlighted that the shipping industry has to focus on achieving the targets set in the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda and fight climate change, going against unilateralism.
Spain and IMO signed a MoU to provide technical cooperation to support capacity-building activities in English and Spanish-speaking countries. Such activities will seek to support implementation of IMO regulations and contribute to the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
ClassNK announced its participation in the Getting to Zero Coalition highlighting its aspiration on achieving a greener and more sustainable future for the shipping industry. ClassNK supports that its participation in the initiative will boost and strengthen its GHG-emission targets.
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