UN Boss Emphasizes the Role of Seafarers in Meeting Sustainable Agenda Targets

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United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, highlighted the role of the shipping industry in moving forward the international agenda on sustainable development and climate change in Commemoration of the Day of the Seafarer. The Day of the Seafarer was established in 2010 to be celebrated June 25 annually to recognize the contribution made by seafarers to international seaborne trade, the world economy and global society as a whole.

The UN boss, in a speech to mark the day, pointed that as the world works towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, actions of the shipping industry can advance both by giving added meaning to this year’s commemoration of the Day of the Seafarer. He went further to say that the activities of seafarers have the potential to drive economic growth that is socially inclusive and environmentally sound.

In Ban’s words, he said “On this Day of the Seafarer, let us advance the work of those who make shipping possible in a way that promotes our global vision of a life of dignity and opportunity for all.”

The theme for this year’s Day is ‘At Sea for All,’ which has a clear link with the 2016 World Maritime Day theme, Shipping: indispensable to the world, emphasizing that seafarers serve at sea not just for the shipping industry or for their own career purposes, but for everyone around the world.

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