In his message for World Oceans Day, the United Nations’ highest representative advocated for the necessary policies and investments to achieve a just and equitable transition for the entire sector.
This is a pillar of the global economy, a catalyst for development and an important link between goods, raw materials and communities around the world, he said. More than 80 percent of world trade is transported by sea and is responsible for almost three percent of global emissions.
The updated greenhouse gas strategy agreed at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) earlier this year provides a clear plan to achieve net zero by 2050, the representative admitted.
The international date coincides with the 50th anniversary of a historic treaty to prevent marine pollution from ships: the Marpol Convention.
According to Guterres, this agreement made important contributions to protecting the planet and the oceans by making maritime transport safer and cleaner.
“Let us build on the legacy of this Convention and work together towards a more sustainable and prosperous future for this important industry and a more secure future for humanity,” he concluded.
This year’s date promotes with particular focus the transition to sustainable maritime transport, which is one of the IMO’s key priorities in the coming years.
Furthermore, it is an opportune time to recognize this industry as the most efficient and profitable method of international transportation for the majority of trade.
Maritime transportation provides a reliable and cost-effective means of transporting goods worldwide, facilitating exchange and contributing to the creation of prosperity between nations and peoples.