In 2018, we also celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the International Maritime Organization, a specialised organisation of the United Nations system. The IMO deals with maritime affairs, maritime safety, international shipping and the prevention of marine environment pollution.
During the World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2018 in Szczecin, there will be discussed topics related to, inter alia, new trends and technologies in shipbuilding, big data and cyber security in maritime shipping, reduction of CO2 emissions in maritime transport, new transport routes as well as future of maritime labour market.
The World Maritime Day Parallel Event will take place on June 13-15, 2018 in Szczecin. The theme and topic of the event is IMO 70: Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future. The event will cover not only the official proceedings and a conference devoted to maritime issues, but also a number of accompanying cultural, sports and recreational events addressed to domestic and foreign guests and residents of Szczecin.
In 2018, we also celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialised organisation of the United Nations system. The World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2018 in Szczecin will be part of the celebration of the establishment of the IMO and of the 100th anniversary of Poland's independence.
SECRETARY - GENERAL IMO
IMO's mission, as a specialized agency of the United Nations, is to promote safe, secure, environmentally sound, efficient and sustainable shipping. Shipping and related maritime activities are, and will continue to be, essential to sustainable growth.
And for 70 years, IMO has been driving improvements in shipping to achieve a better world today.
This is why our World Maritime Day theme for this year is "IMO 70: Our Heritage - Better Shipping for a Better Future". It looks both at the past and into the years to come, providing an opportunity to reflect and showcase how IMO has developed and adapted while staying true to its overall mission.
It has done this largely through consensus among its 173 Member States, which includes Poland, a long-standing Member of the Organization that joined in 1960.
We are grateful to Poland for hosting this year's World Maritime Day Parallel Event, which provides an excellent opportunity to take the World Maritime Day theme "on the road". The event will help to amplify the message among those close to the shipping industry, and to reach a wider audience.
Since its beginning, IMO has worked to ensure that people all over the world can continue to benefit from shipping in a manner that meets the needs of the global economy, and also changing expectations about key issues such as safety, environmental protection and social responsibility.
Our challenge for the years to come remains to work in collaboration with all stakeholders to create better shipping, for a better future. I am sure that this year's World Maritime Day Parallel Event will contribute to this goal and be as successful and enjoyable as its predecessors.
March 26, 2018
A meeting took place at the Polish Embassy in London to promote the World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2018, which will take place in Szczecin on 13th-15th June. Poland's Deputy Minister of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation Grzegorz Witkowski took part in a meeting with Permanent Representatives of numerous countries to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Director of Legal Affairs and External Relations Division at IMO Frederick Kenney. Opening the event, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to London Arkady Rzegocki said: "I would like to wholeheartedly invite you all to Poland to celebrate with us the World Maritime Parallel Event in Szczecin."
January 11, 2018
On January 11, 2018 at the headquarter of the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation was organized a meeting of the Organizing Committee of the World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2018 with the participation of Anna Moskwa, Undersecretary of State,. The representatives of the Ministry presented the state of preparations for this year's celebrations of the World Maritime Day, organised by the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation in cooperation with the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialised organisation of the United Nations system. The event will take place on June 13-15 in Szczecin.
November 28, 2017
Marek Gróbarczyk, Minister of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation, along with a delegation of representatives of the Ministry, representatives of maritime offices and the Permanent Representation to the IMO, took part in the 30th plenary session of the General Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO 30 Assembly), held in London on November 27 - December 6, 2017.
On the forum of the Assembly, Minister Marek Gróbarczyk gave a speech in which he invited the participants to the World Maritime Day Parallel Event that will take place on June 13-15, 2018 in Szczecin, Poland.
October 3, 2017
In Panama, Minister of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation Marek Gróbarczyk received the flag of the World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2018. Therefore, Poland officially has become host to the most important maritime celebration of the United Nations, which will be held in June 2018 in Szczecin.
The fact that Poland has been granted the title to organise the World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2018 is not only a great distinction, but also the recognition of our efforts to rebuild the maritime industry and inland navigation. We wish to take advantage of this event to attract remarkable guests, experts and, above all, investors to our country, and to show that Poland has good prospects for development and is a perfect place to organise world-class events, said Minister Marek Gróbarczyk.
The World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2018 is part of the commemoration of the centennial of the regaining of independence by Poland.